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Commissioned for the relaunch of the Melbourne Town Hall organ in 2001, Voices for Didgeridoo and Organ marked the first collaboration between Philip Glass and didgeridoo player Mark Atkins, who appears here on this first recording – together with Michael Riesman, currently music director of the composer’s eponymous Ensemble – of a curious but compelling coupling. Voices proves a fascinating experiment and remarkably coherent, Glass’s signature high-accented serialism carefully wrapping itself around the sinuous, low-lying drone of the didgeridoo to beautifully varied effect. Markedly lighter in tone and texture, the four-part Organ Suite is a nimble arrangement of excerpts from the film scores Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi and 1982’s chamber piece Glassworks. It’s played with delicate deliberation on a lovely sounding privately owned instrument.

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