A Composer’s Notes: Philip Glass and the Making of an Opera (Documentary DVD)

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A Composer’s Notes: Philip Glass and the Making of an Opera (Documentary DVD)

Director: Michael Blackwood
Artists: Philip Glass, Stuttgart Opera, Houston Grand Opera
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Orange Mountain
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2014
Run Time: 95 minutes

Directed by Michael Blackwood, the film A Composer’s Notes takes the form of an interior monologue as Philip Glass allows us an intimate look at the inspiration, development, and production of his third opera, Akhnaten.

In Egypt, Glass visits the remaining evidence of Akhnaten in Armana, where Akhnaten moved his palace from Luxor to pursue his monotheistic worship. There are also sequences shot in India, a country whose music influenced Glass in his formative years when he collaborated with Ravi Shankar.

Two productions of Akhnaten premiered almost simultaneously, at the Stuttgart Opera and the Houston Grand Opera, notable for their dramatically different interpretations of the work. Film from rehearsals and performances in Germany and the United States makes for a fascinating contrast in American and European theatrical values.

The film includes interviews with conductors and directors and looks back at two earlier Glass operas: Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha. Now more than three decades after its creation, Akhnaten proves to be a watershed moment in Glass’s career. This fascinating in-depth portrait of the composer is a must-see for any Glass fan.



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Philip Glass's Akhnaten

Visionary American composer Philip Glass’s mesmerizing look at ancient Egypt, Akhnaten explores the life and influence of the young pharaoh who sought to reform centuries-old religious and social orders.

The opera’s score is lyrical, elegiac, and a powerful example of the effectiveness of its composer’s minimalist approach.

 

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