Of particular interest this week is that Philip Glass will be performing on a three-piano concert with Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa in Linz Austria. The suite from "Les Enfants Terribles" was drawn from the opera that Glass originally composed for three pianos and that later Davies and Namekawa adapted as a concert piece for two pianos. The piece is being restored to its full glory and paired with Glass performing his solo piano Mad Rush, Davies and Namekawa performing Glass's Four Movements for Two Pianos, and the grand suite from Les Enfants Terribles for three pianos.
During the original tour of Les Enfants Terribles in the mid-1990s as a "dance opera" choreographed by Susan Marshall, Glass in fact played piano on the live tour and on the OMM produced recording. However, it's been two decades since audiences have had a chance to hear the composer perform this piece. Around this concert is a heightened environment.
Over the past 15 years the general music director in Linz has been Dennis Russell Davies. The opera house in Linz has performed four Glass operas over the years and recorded three of them. The most recent was The Lost which opened the new opera house, the stunning Musiktheater am Volksgarten. Davies commissioned the first six piano etudes, Namekawa became the first pianist to record both books of Etudes, and the orchestra has an expansive Glass repertoire including performing, recording, premiering a vast lot of Glass compositions.
Concert with Philip Glass, Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa
Venue Great Hall Music Theatre
Duration 01 hrs. 30 min.