This week I'll spare you my analysis and say very simply that I think this movement to be one of the more inspired things Glass has ever written.
Hard to believe that the last string quartet dates from 1991! This is probably a big part of the reason for the formation of the Glass Chamber Players.
Volcanos and Such:
The London Philharmonic performed Philip Glass new Violin Concerto No.2 "The American Four Seasons" on Saturday as the two American participants, violinist Robert McDuffie and conductor Marin Alsop apparently traveled before the volcano explosion in Iceland (and reviewed by the Telegraph). Less fortunate appears to be the World Premiere of Glass' Double Concerto at the Netherlands Dance Theater premiere, though it will go on with other soloists, the original soloists Maria Bachmann and Wendy Sutter won't be able to travel to Holland in time for Thursday's premiere.
Speaking of Europe…if you live in London or are stranded there, you could do worse than going to hear the Smith Quartet perform the complete Glass String Quartets at Kings Place on Wed. April 21.