PHILIP GLASS AND GANDHI

February 7, 2014 – 4:58 am

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PHILIP GLASS
Satyagraha 1980 [no label, 3CD]

World Premiere; live at the Stadsschouwburg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; September 5, 1980. Very good Dutch Radio broadcast.

Satyagraha (”insistence on truth”) is a 1979 opera in three acts for orchestra, chorus and soloists, composed by Philip Glass, with a libretto by Glass and Constance DeJong. Loosely based on the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, it forms the second part of Glass’s “Portrait Trilogy” of operas about men who changed the world, which also includes Einstein On The Beach and Akhnaten. The title refers to Gandhi’s concept of non-violent resistance to injustice, Satyagraha, and the text, from the Bhagavad Gita, is sung in the original Sanskrit. [The opera is semi-narrative in form and deals with Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa and his development of non-violent protest into a political tool.]

Satyagraha was commissioned by the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, and first performed at the Stadsschouwburg (Municipal Theatre) there on September 5, 1980, by the Netherlands Opera and the Utrecht Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bruce Ferden. - wikipedia

In Satyagraha, Glass is confident he has an enduring hit, People magazine reported. “We’ve had 70 years of pieces since Schoenberg that no one understands,” he argues, “so there’s nothing really wrong, is there, with a little contemporary music being appealing?”

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Disc 1 (Act 1 - Leo Tolstoy)
Track 101. On the Kuru Field of Justice - Part A 12:21 (20.8MB)
Track 102. On the Kuru Field of Justice - Part B 9:29 (15.9MB)
Track 103. On the Kuru Field of Justice - Part C 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 104. Tolstoy Farm 13:38 (22.9MB)
Track 105. The Vow 15:15 (25.6MB)
56 mins

Disc 2 (Act 2 - Rabindranath Tagore)
Track 201. Confrontation and Rescue 15:53 (26.7MB)
Track 202. Indian Opinion 15:29 (26.0MB)
Track 203. Protest 17:28 (29.4MB)
49 mins

Disc 3 (Act 3 - Martin Luther King, Jr)
Track 301. Newcastle March - Part A 18:08 (30.5MB)
Track 302. Newcastle March - Part B 12:15 (20.6MB)
Track 303. Newcastle March - Part C 10:02 (16.9MB)
Track 304. Newcastle March - Part D 12:47 (21.5MB)
Track 305. Newcastle March - Part E 10:28 (17.6MB)
64 mins

The tracks, On the Kuru Field of Justice and Newcastle March, are arbitrarily split for easier access.

Performers:
Miss Schlesen - Claudia Cummings, soprano
Mrs Naidoo - Iris Hashishkee, soprano
Kasturbai - Beverly Morgan, contralto
Mahatma Ghandi - Douglas Perry, tenor
Mr Kallenbach - Bruce Hall, bariton
Parsi Rustomji - Richard Gill, bass
Mrs Alexander - Rhonda Lyss, contralto
Lord Krishna - Tom Heanen, bass
Prince Arjana - René Claassen, tenor
Choir of the Rotterdam Conservatorium
Utrecht Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Bruce Ferden
Rotterdamse Schouwburg - September 5, 1980
Commissioned by the City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch Radio Recording

Click here to order Philip Glass’s Satyagraha (recorded in New York 1984), performed by The New York City Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Christopher Keene, conductor.

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  1. 8 Responses to “PHILIP GLASS AND GANDHI”

  2. Thanks for posting this. Terrific, unusual choice.

    By the sobsister on Feb 7, 2014

  3. Thanks, bigO. Coincidentally, just finishing this good read:
    Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age
    by Arthur Herman.

    By NAMoosedog on Feb 7, 2014

  4. Very cool…. thanks, BigO!!

    By DanC on Feb 10, 2014

  5. THANK YOU FOR THE PHILIP GLASS!
    One can never have enough live PHILIP GLASS!

    Bless you, BIG O

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  9. Thank you very much for this one!

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