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Philip Glass - Einstein On The Beach - 1976. Timelapse - Czech, Bouda na Mulde, 2011-2014
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There are no conventional arias, duets or vocal ensembles. The orchestra is replaced in the pit by an ensemble comprising amplified flutes, saxophones, bass clarinet, organ, keyboards and synthesiser bass. Instead of an overture we hear a babble of stream-of-consciousness-style texts by Christopher Knowles. Gestures and symbols often speak louder than words: a white, radiating beam of light is a recurrent and abiding image. Courtroom and prison scenes are followed by self-contained dance sections — beautifully choreographed by Lucinda Childs — with bodies flowing gracefully and magically through space. In a new production by Pomegranate Arts — the first in 20 years — toured the opera worldwide, off and on, for three years. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.
Photo by Lesley-Leslie Spinks. Glass and Wilson: Einstein on the Beach. This act of preservation was important, for this production may have been the last time when the creators — Philip Glass , who turns 80 on Jan. For the home viewer, though, the question is whether a high-definition flat screen and a good home stereo can re-create an overwhelming theatrical experience such I had when Einstein came to Los Angeles in Oct. The good news is that a lot of the rush does come through, and some of that can be traced to the conditions in which one would view this at home — assuming, of course, that one can play it at the desired full volume without giving the landlord or neighbors fits. The Blu-ray picture quality is great, sharp as a tack. This is true with all televised opera, but it is a drawback in Einstein , where the overall perspective is paramount, where there is no plot per se , and where all kinds of things happen, or are being said, at the same time.
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Einstein on the Beach is an opera in four acts framed and connected by five "knee plays" or intermezzos , composed by Philip Glass and directed by theatrical producer Robert Wilson who also collaborated with Glass on the work's libretto. The score was begun in the spring of and completed by the following November, and those drawings were before me all the time. The opera contains writings by Christopher Knowles , Samuel M. Johnson and Lucinda Childs. The work became the first in Glass's thematically related Portrait Trilogy, along with Satyagraha , and Akhnaten These three operas were described by Glass as portraits of people whose personal vision transformed the thinking of their times through the power of ideas rather than by military force.