Polished Glass: a persuasive Ninth from the Bruckner Orchester Linz

Bruckner Orchester Linz/Russell Davies ***

Cadogan Hall, 22nd April 2016

It’s easy to knock Philip Glass’ symphonies. Chugging rhythms, rippling arpeggios, a sense of bombast, numbing repetition – his compositional fingerprints are easy to decipher. Yet I find them pleasing, hypnotic even. Few orchestras are as experienced “Glassware” exponents as the Bruckner Orchester Linz and its Chief Conductor Dennis Russell Davies, a great Glass supporter and commissioner of every symphony other than the Seventh. In their second evening at Cadogan Hall, at the start of a UK tour, they presented a strong case for Glass’Symphony no. 9.

Dennis Russell Davies © Reinhard Winkler

Dennis Russell Davies
© Reinhard Winkler

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