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Album review: Floraleda Sacchi, Philip Glass: Metamorphosis (Amadeus Arte)


Floraleda Sacchi's harp lends itself particularly well to the minimalist logic of Philip Glass's progressions on this anthology of transpositions, never better than on the “Opening” from Glassworks, where the bass pulse beds beautifully among the mirroring figures of the theme.

The centrepiece is “Metamorphosis” itself, a five-part suite reconstituting themes from Glass's scores to The Thin Blue Line and The Hours, an alliance of dread fatalism that works smoothly. Elsewhere, the sparkling flurries of notes in “Modern Love Waltz” buoyed up the register like bubbles, while the “'Trilogy' Sonata” yokes together excerpts from the operas Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten.

Download: Opening; Metamorphosis I-V; 'Trilogy' Sonata