Philip Glass Itaipu – The Canyon


Catalog: MOCCD-14024
Format: 1 CD
Original release: 1993
Genre: World
Barcode: 8718627232873

SKU: 2A3431 Categories: ,


Itaipu is a place between Brazil and Paraguay and hosts a large hydro-electric dam. This album is a work of massive proportions much like the creation of the Itaipu dam. On this work Glass makes good use of a heavy brass section combined with a large chorus and is around 40 minutes in length, spread over 4 movements. The extensive choral work is written in the language of the Giuranni Indians. Glass often chooses obscure languages for the effect of distance. This is a powerful pair of compositions and it is a good coupling on this recording. On the opener “Itaipu” and the closing track “The Canyon” the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and chorus with Robert Shaw do a truly grand job of performance. It’s a superb Glass work and a real classic of the 90’s.

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  1.  Itaipu – Robert Shaw
    1. I. Mato Grosso
    2. II. The Lake
    3. III. The Dam
    4. IV. To The Sea
    5. The Canyon – Robert Shaw

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