Glass: Cello Concerto No.1


Orange Mountain Music OMM0076


1. Movement I 10:15
2. Movement II 14:24
3. Movement III 7:09


In this new recording, Philip Glass’ 2001 Cello Concerto No.1 gets a vivid and exciting new interpretation by cellist Wendy Sutter, with conductor Dante Anzolini, and the Orchestra of the Americas. Glass’ concerto was previously recorded by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Julian Lloyd Webber under Gerard Schwarz. The piece was composed in 2001 and premiered in Beijing with Lloyd Webber, however Glass couldn’t attend because of travel fears immediately following the terror attacks in New York. Eventually, seven years later, Glass finally heard his concerto performed live at its United States premiere in La Jolla with Wendy Sutter and the La Jolla Symphony under Steven Schick. The concerto has since found a second life with Sutter performing the piece in Belgium, Holland, at the Cabrillo Festival of Music under Marin Alsop, and on tour in South America with the Orchestra of the Americas. It was on this tour, in Quito Ecuador that this Michael Riesman produced recording was made.


Orchestra of the Americas
Dante Anzolini, conductor
Wendy Sutter, cello


Produced, mixed, and mastered by Michael Riesman

Recorded at the Casa de la Musica, Quito, Ecuador on July 31, 2010

Orchestra setup staff:
Samuel Robles – Schedule Manager
Maria Montano – Chief Librarian
Gilberto Martinez – Site Coordinator
Juan Carlos Mora – Stage Manager
Mauro Torres – Stage Manager

Wendy Sutter photo: Bill Bernstein

Dante Anzolini photo: Susan Wilson

All other photos: Ferran Mateo + Marta Rebon

Cover Painting: COTOPAXI 1855 by Frederic Edwin Church

Liner Notes: Richard Guerin

OMM Special Projects Advisor: Garry Roemer

Executive producers for Orange Mountain Music: Philip Glass, Kurt Munkacsi and Don Christensen