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Hamburg, Germany (Violin Concerto No.1/Symphony No.1 “Low”)
July 9, 2017
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
Daniel Hope, Violin; Hugh Wolff, conductor
Daniel Hope, Violin
hr Symphony Orchestra
Hugh Wolff, Conductor
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Violin Concerto no.1
Symphony no.1 “Low Symphony“
There is hardly anyone in the Western world who doesn’t know his music, as he wrote the film music to popular movies such as “The Hours” and “Kundun.” Philip Glass is like no other contemporary composer. With his radical reductions to repetitive motifs and rhythms, he creates a kind of trance-like effect that only a few can escape. His music has long been familiar to everyone – especially when Glass, as in the case of his first symphony, used three songs by David Bowie from his album “Low.” At the time, Glass was already 55 years old, and his first instrumental concerto, the Violin Concerto No. 1, had also been written just a few years earlier. But “age” is quite relative, and Philip Glass, who is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2017, still composes music that attracts old and young, establishment and underground alike.