Glass Houses Revisited

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Glass Houses # 1 (907.35 kb)
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Glass Houses # 9 (1,000.81 kb)
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SKU: CD-CMCCD 16511
Cote: CD 1498
Type de média : CD
Date de Parution : 2012
Étiquette du disque : Centrediscs / Centredisques

Canadian composer Ann Southam and pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico collaborated on this project, and together chose nine pieces from Southam’s mammoth piano series Glass Houses. With the composer’s permission, Petrowska Quilico edited and revised these works for this recording just before the composer’s demise late in 2010.

Glass Houses Revisited are fiendishly difficult ‘etudes’ for pianists. Fingers become whirling dervishes entering a mystical and ecstatic trance through suddenly shifting patterns and moods. The dizzying tempi, speed and control required from the performer make them extremely demanding and require virtuosic pianistic skills.” – Christina Petrowska Quilico

“This is nothing short of miraculous…That Petrowska Quilico can perform these nine pieces is an achievement in itself; that it makes for mesmerizing listening is the magic of art.”
- John Terauds, Toronto Star

4 STARS

"Revisiting the late Ann Southam’s Glass Houses is like running into old friends. I hadn’t heard these minimalist piano pieces for years, but those I knew were instantly familiar. It might seem that all this pattern music would start to sound the same, but Southam – who saw it as a metaphor for the repetitive nature of “women’s work” – made each of her (generally consonant) harmonic landscapes absolutely distinctive. Most are affably, gently intriguing; some are ebullient; one is grimly reminiscent of a passage in Steve Reich’s Holocaust work, Different Trains. Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, who revised and edited Glass Houses with Southam’s endorsement, performs them with virtuoso precision, taking advantage of all the piano’s resources – warmth, resonance, pedalling, dynamics. Quilico’s interpretation is less brittle, less abstract than we might expect; it’s also more sensuous, as if those metaphorical women were getting more pleasure from their work."

-Elissa Poole, Globe and Mail

5 STARS

Bien qu’écrites avec Philip Glass en tête, ces Glass Houses ressemblent plutôt aux oeuvres pour piano de John Adams par leur élan mélodique et formel. La mécanique sublime des "processus" du Steve Reich des années soixante-dix n’y est pas absente non plus; cela s’explique par une méthode de composition différente mais au moins aussi rigoureuse : des ostinati (aussi vifs que stricts) à la main gauche servent de fondement contrapuntique au déploiement de mélodies (populaires) à la main droite. Le tout s’anime dans un étourdissant décalage rythmique. Mme Quilico, dans les notes de programme, compare les difficultés d’exécution à celles des Études de Ligeti; cela semble assez juste. Auteure desdites notes de programme, proche collaboratrice de la compositrice sinon sa co-créatrice dans le travail d’organisation et d’édition, la pianiste joue avec toute la sérénité, la joie de vivre et la précision attendues. Un bonheur pour les amateurs, mais aussi une excellente initiation pour ceux qui croient ne PAS aimer la musique contemporaine canadienne…"

-RB, La Scena

1. Glass Houses #1

2. Glass Houses #7

3. Glass Houses #6

4. Glass Houses #3

5. Glass Houses #13

6. Glass Houses #2

7. Glass Houses #9

8. Glass Houses #4

9. Glass Houses #5





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