Glass: Naqoyqatsi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Glass: Naqoyqatsi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

by Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma
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Naqoyqatsi wraps up Godfrey Reggio's "Qatsi" trilogy in a big way, at least as far as the film's score is concerned. Minimalist composer Philip Glass has been the voice of the innovative documentary series since it began in 1983 with Koyaanisqatsi and continued with 1988's Powaqqatsi, his characteristic style of mechanical rhythms, static harmonies, and broken-chord figuration enhancing the powerful, collage-like imagery of the films. Glass is an old hand at writing soundtracks (a five-disc set on Nonesuch collects this music), yet with Naqoyqatsi, he adds a new element: a solo cello, played by the incomparable Yo-Yo Ma. The result -- at least when heard apart from the film's imagery -- is a kind of minimalist cello concerto, for Ma's expressive presence is heard throughout the score, backed by members of the Philip Glass Ensemble and a full orchestra. The 11 sections range in style from the intensely rhythmic ("Primacy of Numbers," "Point Blank") to the atmospheric and ethereal ("New World," "Old World") to the delicately lyrical ("Religion," "Media Weather"). "The Vivid Unknown" is the musical high point, acting as a kind of cadenza for Ma. Largely unaccompanied, it is highly expressive music that suggests the solo cello works of Bach and Britten. "Definition" closes the score as it began: with voices eerily intoning "Naqoyqatsi," the ominous thumping of a beating heart, dark orchestral chords, and, soaring above, the lovely lyric lines of Ma's solo cello.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998770928
catalogNumber: 87709

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yo-Yo Ma   Cello
Timothy Malosh   Flute,Piccolo
Frank Cassara   Percussion
Dan Levine   Trombone
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
James Pugh   Trombone
Dean Plank   Trombone
William Rohdin   Trumpet
Lorraine Cohen   Trumpet
Francis Bonny   Trumpet
Alfred Brown   Violin
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Regis Iandiorio   Violin
Nancy McAlhany   Violin
Jan Mullen   Violin
Marti Sweet   Violin
Anahid Ajemian   Violin
Linda Quan   Violin
Albert De Ruiter   Bass (Vocal)
Frank Morelli   Bassoon
Richard Locker   Cello
Marisol Espada   Cello
David Calhoun   Cello
Virgil Blackwell   Bass Clarinet
Michael Riesman   Conductor,Keyboards
Susan Jolles   Harp
Shelley Woodworth   English Horn,Oboe
Sharon Moe   Horn
Richard Peck   Tenor Saxophone
Alan Raph   Bass Trombone
Jill Jaffe   Viola
Lois Martin   Viola
Masako Yanagita   Viola
Linda Moss   Viola
Mark Atkins   Didjeridu
Paul Houghtaling   Baritone (Vocal)
Lisa Bielawa   Soprano (Vocal)
Alexandra Montano   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Joseph Bongiorno   Double Bass
John Moses   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Philip Glass   Composer,Liner Notes
Kurt Munkasci   Producer
John Weston   Engineer
Godfrey Reggio   Liner Notes
Jim Keller   Executive Producer
Lisa Sparagano   Art Direction

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