(Paus): Works for piano composed by Philip Glass (In english)
with Philip Glass and special guests Anton Batagov & Maki Namekawa
The legendary composer Philip Glass is commemorating his 80th birthday with a few select international appearances, Malmö being one of them. Glass will be giving a rare performance at Malmö Live.
The specially composed concert for Malmö Live is entitled ”Works for piano composed by Philip Glass" and will be a milestone in Malmö's concert history. The concert, will include Philip Glass as well as the world-renowned artists, Anton Batagov and Maki Namekawa.
Since the early seventies, Philip Glass has been one of America's most talented composers. He touches upon minimalism, often leaving his audiences hypnotized. Glass masters it all, from grand sets and collaborations with artists like Laurie Anderson, Steve Reich, Allen Ginsberg and David Bowie, as well as Oscar-nominated soundtracks - to more intimate appearances on smaller stages.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and while there, earned money by transcribing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation. By 1974, Glass had a number of innovative projects, creating a large collection of new music for The Philip Glass Ensemble, and for the Mabou Mines Theater Company. This period culminated in Music in Twelve Parts, and the landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach for which he collaborated with Robert Wilson. Since Einstein, Glass has expanded his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and film. His scores have received Academy Award nominations (Kundun, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and a Golden Globe (The Truman Show). In the past few years several new works were unveiled, including an opera on the death of Walt Disney, The Perfect American(co-commissioned by Teatro Real, Madrid and the English National Opera), a song cycle entitled, Ifé, written forAngelique Kidjo, a new touring production of Einstein and the publication of Glass’s memoir,ǮWords Without Musicǯ,by Liveright Books. In May 2015, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, performed the world premiere of a double piano concerto Glass wrote for Katia and Marielle Labèque. In November of 2015, the Washington National Opera premiered a revised version of Glass’s opera, Appomattox, created in collaboration with librettist Christopher Hampton. In 2017, Glass celebrates his 80th birthday. The celebration began on January 31st with the world premiere of his 11th Symphony and continues with several highlights throughout the year: a new concerto written for Simone Dinnerstein, US premieres of his operas The Perfect American and The Trial, and tribute festivals around the world. The Jack Quartet will premiere String Quartet No. 8 in March 2018 during Glass’s tenure as the Carnegie Hall 2017-2018 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair.
Russian composer and pianist Anton Batagov (b.10.10.1065) is one of the most influential Russian musicians of our time. As a performer, Batagov introduced the music of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass to Russian audiences. His debut CD, a 160-minute recording of Olivier Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'Enfant Jesus(1990), became a major sensation. Three years later Richard Kostelanetz characterized his 1993 recording of Bach’s "The Art of the Fugue" as "the most stunning interpretation of Bach since Glenn Gould." In 1997 Batagov stopped performing live, and since then, he has been focusing on studio recordings. As a composer, Batagov has his own unique voice. The post-minimalist language of his compositions is rooted in the harmonic and rhythmic patterns of Russian church bells and folk songs seamlessly mixed with the spirit of Buddhist philosophy and the dynamic pulse of early Soviet avant-garde. His discography includes over 40 CD releases. Batagov is the author of several movie soundtracks, and a huge number of tunes for the major Russian TV channels. In 2009, after twelve years of seclusion, Mr.Batagov returned to live performances. Since then, he has been performing a series of unique solo piano recital programs at Russia's most prestigious concert halls and festivals. The critics have called his recitals "a revelation". The premiere of his evening-length piano cycle Selected Letters of Sergei Rachmaninoff (2013) was truly sensational. The top Russian critics characterized it as the most significant musical event on the year; a landmark work that changed the coordinate system of the classical music scene (Vedomosti, Russia).
In 2015 his CD I Fear No More, a symphonic/rock vocal cycle performed by the Russian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, was nominated for International Classical Music Awards. Anton Batagov has been performing works of Philip Glass for over 25 years. He has the complete Etudes in his repertoire as well as earlier solo piano works. In addition to that, he plays piano arrangements of other compositions such as The Hours and scenes from Einstein on the Beach and Koyaanisqatsi. One of his latest releases - Prophecies - is an album of his piano arrangements of music by Philip Glass (2016, Orange Mountain Music OMM0110).
Maki Namekawa is a leading figure among today’s pianists, bringing to audiences’attention contemporary music by international composers. As a soloist and a chamber musician equally at home in classical and repertoire of our time, Maki Namekawa performs regularly at international venues such as Suntory Hall Tokyo, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center New York, Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco, Barbican Center and Cadogan Hall London, Cité de la Musique Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salzburg Festival, Ars Electronica Festival Linz, Musik-Biennale Berlin, and Ruhr Piano Festival. Maki performs and records frequently for the major radio networks in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France. Orchestra engagements include the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, Münchner Philharmoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker, Dresdener Philharmonie, Bruckner Orchester Linz, American Composers Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony. In February 2013 Maki Namekawa performed at Perth International Arts Festival under the participation of Philip Glass the world premiere of the entire cycle of Glass’ 20 etudes for piano solo, followed by concerts around the world in the US, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Sweden, Slovakia, Poland, and Germany. In 2014 a double-CD of the complete Glass etudes has been released by Orange Mountain Music, reaching number 1 of the iTune Classic charts and receiving high praise in the categories DzPerformancedz and DzRecordingdz by the BBC Music Magazine. Since 2005, Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies are performing together as a piano duo in Europe and the US, for example at Lincoln Center Festival in New York with US première of Philip Glass’DzFour Movements for Two Pianosdz, followed by the world premiere of DzStokerdz by Philip Glass at New York Morgan Library, Benaroya Hall Seattle, and several times at Ruhr Piano Festival where the world premiere of Philip Glass’„Two Movements for four pianosDz with Katia and Marielle Labèque took place. Maki studied piano at the Kunitachi Conservatory in Tokyo with Mikio Ikezawa a nd Henriette Puig-Roget. Later she continued her studies with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Stefan Litwin.
Ilustration: Hannes Q Svensson
PRICE INFO: About 10 Euro - 70 Euro
STAGE: Concert Hall
DURATION: 1 hour 30 minutes (no intermission)
ORGANIZER: Malmö Live Concert Halls