Songs and Poems

Composer Philip Glass and cellist Wendy Sutter present Glass's major new seven-movement work for solo cello, "Songs and Poems" for this edition of New Sounds. The pieces are intense, dark, and beautiful, at times reminiscent of Bach and but also steeped in the romantics. There is definitely an awareness of using the cello’s range to sing and approximate the human voice, and Sutter’s playing is lyrical and warm, invoking comparisons to late Mstislav Rostropovich, and less brutal Janos Starker. We’ll hear highlights from the recording, which also contains “Tissues,” for cello, piano and percussion (2002), written for the original soundtrack recording to Godfrey Reggio's Naqoyqatsi.

PROGRAM #2790, Glass & Sutter (First aired on Wednesday, 4-16-08)





Philip Glass

Songs and Poems for Solo Cello

Songs I-VII [32:00] Tissues 7+6 [3:00 + 3:00]

Orange Mountain #0037 ***

Shoghaken Ensemble

Traditional Dances of Armenia

Shatakhi Dzernaper [2:30]

Traditional Crossroads #4322