Massimo Mercelli plays Philip Glass
Music Composed by Philip Glass
Performed by Massimo Mercelli and i Virtuosi with Carlo Boccadoro


Orange Mountain Music OMM0079


1. Façades for Flute & Piano
2. Chaotic Harmony for Flute & Cello String Quartet No.3 “Mishima”
3. Movement I – 1957 Award Montage
4. Movement II – November 25 – Ichigaya
5. Movement III – Grandmother and Kimitake
6. Movement IV – 1962, Body Building
7. Movement V – Blood Oath
8. Movement VI – Mishima/Closing
9. Taoist Sacred Dance I
10. Taoist Sacred Dance II
11. Taoist Sacred Dance III
12. Façdes from Glassworks I


Mercelli’s dynamic playing blends perfectly with the resplendent performance of i Virtuosi Italiani, an ensemble that I admired greatly mostly through its recordings of the works of Nino Rota. It turns out fairly late in the process, that I discovered that the pianist heard on the recording is Carlo Boccadoro, whom I met years ago when Philip Glass called me and told me he was sending someone over to the Looking Glass Studio. I have since admired Carlo and his group Sentieri selvaggi through their performances in New York and their recordings including Façades and the work of Michael Nyman.

This album contains two works springing from Glass’ collaboration with Taoist master Sat Hon. �Chaotic Harmony� for flute and cello was written in 2006 by Glass to accompany the film of the same name by Sat Hon. It was later reworked and transformed by Glass into the piece “Songs & Poems (No.1)” for solo cello. This is the first time the original version is heard on recording. The second premiere is “Taoist Sacred Dance,” also meant to accompany work by Sat Hon. It was premiered on November 19, 2003 at Interfaith Center of New York by Philip Glass and Andrew Sterman.

– Richard Guerin, New York, 2012


Massimo Mercelli, flute (Alfred Verhoef)
Carlo Boccadoro , piano (Steinway and sons)
Quintet from ” i Virtuosi Italiani ”
Alberto Martini, violin (Marino Capicchioni)
Luca Falasca, violin (Giuseppe Gagliano)
Flavio Ghilardi, viola (Paolo Maggini)
Leonardo Sapere, cello (Domenico Montagnagna)
Rino Braia, double bass (Nicola Gagliano)

Registrazione effettuata nella Sala Maffeiana del Teatro Filarmonico di Verona Febbraio 2009.

Sound Engineer/Digital Editing Alberto AMbrosini
Microfoni Neumann U87A e DPA Editing Protools

Executive Producers:
Philip Glass, Kurt Munkacsi, and Don Christensen