Ralph Vaughan Williams, GLASS, P: Symphonies Nos 2 and 3

Anastasia Tsioulcas

By Anastasia Tsioulcas

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Listeners more familiar with Philip Glass 'copious output of music for small-scale ensembles playing a seemingly infinite string of arpeggios may well be taken aback by 1994's Second Symphony and the Symphony No. 3 from 1995 — two pieces that belie Glass 'decades-hardened "minimalist" label. Aided by expansive, tonally rich and yet precise playing from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conductor Marin Alsop attentively details these pieces 'nuanced shifts in color and character.