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|Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma|
Director Godfrey Reggio's Hopi-inspired Qatsi trilogy is one of most ambitious and challenging film cycles ever attempted. With groundbreaking visuals, the non-verbal films examine--and inherently critique--the rapid trans... more »
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Director Godfrey Reggio's Hopi-inspired Qatsi trilogy is one of most ambitious and challenging film cycles ever attempted. With groundbreaking visuals, the non-verbal films examine--and inherently critique--the rapid transition from the natural order to a world dominated by human culture and technology. Critical to the films' success has been the music of Philip Glass, for whom the projects have variously represented an entrée into a rich film-scoring career and compelling motivation for expanding his minimalist technique. In the first two chapters (Koyaanisqatsi, 1983; Powaqqatsi, 1988), the composer's music gave poetic rhythm to the striking images of man and nature in conflict; here's he's ironically asked to be the human link to the film's cascade of oft impressionistic, digitally manipulated images. The result is some of the composer's warmest, most organically friendly music. Crucial to the soundtrack's success is the collaboration of master cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the extent of which (the musician's brooding, lyrical lines are the work's veritable arteries) elevates Glass's work to de facto Ma cello concerto. His work on the "Old World" and "New World" movements may well rank with some of his most haunting, validating Glass's sage, back-to-the future tack in the bargain. --Jerry McCulley
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Jim Reed | New York | 03/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Philip Glass's music fit perfectly into Godfrey Reggio's brillant classic Koyaanisqatsi but on it's own it's repetitive intensity could drive you to insanity.In the second lesser film Powaqqatsi Glass got to use more variety as the film jumped from country to country making for a more satisfying soundtrack.Now with Naqoyqatsi Philip Glass using Yo Yo Ma and his cello for added haunted emotion has created a rich soundtrack more interesting than anything in the film itself!From the slow eerie opening Naqoyqatsi to the epic nightmarish Intensive Time the old Glass motives are here but expanded upon nicely.Unlike Koyaanisqatsi the music achieves a feverish intensity without becoming a redundant drone.Naqoyqatsi is definitely not easy listening it's a musical rollercaster ride that demands and deserves total attention.Academy voters missed out by not nominating Glass's most ambitious score.If you're a music fan Naqoyqatsi is a listening experience you shouldn't miss."
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Grandmother | Plain City OH | 12/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I haven't met a Glass production that I don't like. My only regret is that I didn't get to see this on screen.
Glass has a way of getting you involved in the music and scenery so you feel that you are there in the moment.
I'm sorry he stopped with a trilogy.