National Symphony Orchestra
David Brophy, conductor
Presented by Paul Herriott, TEN Lyrical FM
Music by Philip Glass based on music by David Bowie and Brian Eno
Symphony No. 1 “Bass”
Symphony No. 4 “Heroes”
Turning 85 last month, Philip Glass, the father of minimalism, is one of the most influential composers of his generation who produced hypnotic and impactful music for the concert hall, opera house and screen. movie theater.
Five years after his death, David Bowie remains one of the most original and unclassifiable music creators of the last half-century. Rising from Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane to the Thin White Duke, his late musical Lazarus and swansong confessional, Blackstar, Bowie was popular music‘s great chameleon.
The National Symphony Orchestra and David Brophy perform two symphonies by Philip Glass inspired by the seminal albums of David Bowie and Brian Eno that propelled popular music to new horizons. Music of surprising originality and surprisingly vivid emotions.
To compose his first symphony, Glass turned to Bowie’s 1977 collaboration with Eno, Low, a bold experiment in fusing art rock with electronic and ambient music. With the heavy, richer colors of an orchestra added, it transforms epic intimacy into a thrilling symphonic statement.
Inspired by Bowie and Eno’s Heroes, Symphony No. 4 elevates the original’s sophisticated blend of rock, pop and artsy music into a stunning six-movement work of pent-up propulsive energy, thrilling drama and a sense of size discreet but delightful.