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'“Kepler” is his most chromatic, complex, psychological score...“Kepler” is a wise, major opera.' (Mark Swed/LA Times) "It's fantastically self-referential. By that I mean that there are familiar gestures in the music, but by and large the piece itself... [Read More]

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Amy

Went to BAM last night (11/18) fabulous concert version. Music vaguely reminiscent of Koyaanisqatsi. Well played and sung. Look foward to the recording.

Richard Guerin


Amy,

Thats an interesting take on it. I heard a couple treatments of trumpets that reminded me of organic, but nothing outwardly similar. I thought the performance was wonderful. The orchestra, soloists, and chorus have their parts down pat by now. The piece really is oratorio like and could be presented as they did at BAM.

For those who havent seen it yet, it was a concert-staging which meant largely that the chorus and the main Kepler (there are in fact 7 Keplers) came on and off the stage to sing their parts. The six non-main Keplers basically echoe Keplers doubts and inner thoughts as the main Kepler denounces detractors and authorities. The chorus observes the legacy of the power of Keplers accomplishments.

The concert staging was effective though I would imagine all sorts of different interpretations of staging could take place from such a score. The music is of many different characters and moods. My favorite number was the powerful closing as the orchestra drives ever-forward then the chorus enters with a chant (the words of which escape me at the moment) of the words inscribed on Keplers tomb. It was very powerful and the composer himself looked very moved at the enthusiastic reception to the work.

Richard

Theron

I attended the Saturday performance at BAM and since hearing Kepler and loving it, I have been looking for a recording to be released. As there are two references to such a recording in this blog, one in the article and one in the comments, I hope you will share with us your knowledge in this area. I can find no other news on a possible recording.

Christoph

I am listening to Kepler from the broadcast on Austrian TV, and it truly is terrific. When will there be a full and clean recording? As a Linzer, but now living in California, I feel sudden and unexpected pride.

Richard Guerin


Oh god, you should feel pride, as the LA Times Mark Swed touched on. Why is America not behind the creation of these pieces (through individual sponsorship or public support)? Anyway, it doesnt really matter, but thanks to all the folks in Linz who support not only the commissioning of pieces like Symphony No.6, Symphony No.8 and Kepler, but also react enthusiastically to regular performances of Glass concert works like this months performance of Violin Concerto No.1, the performances in recent years of The Voyage (recorded), and Orphée. Its something of a playground for Davies. Im from Boston, and thats a playground for Levine and Elliot Carters music. While I like the occasional Carter work, Im jealous of the Linzers steady diet of Glass. Since DRD took over this season the Basel Symphony Orchester, look for more Glass to be done in Switzerland. Already hes programed Symphony No.2 and the Tirol Concerto.

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