Mario Paredes Avaria | Chile | 11/20/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"You will not see any musician playing any instrument. You will see only images, colour, like those of window media player, something so bored. If you like the sound, buy a cd with the complete work, but this dvd is not that you want.
Leo Batfish | gainesville, tx | 09/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this dvd records the four hand version of glass' recent opera L'enfants terrible played by davies and will soon be released as a CD. The dvd shows visuals during performance which are nice, but not necessary.
for those interested in 4 hand piano music and philip glass this is a real treat. warning: the DVD does not play in car dvd players and the active side of the disc is not marked."
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 10/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD release is a strange phenomenon. The point of the DVD seems to be a trail run by Ars Electronica through the auspices of Harmonia Mundi to present visuals of the music by Philip Glass and Steve Reich before the CD of this two piano four hands arrangement of Glass' opera 'Les Enfants Terribles' and Reich's 'Piano Phase' is released.
Whatever the justification this DVD proves to be an interesting introduction to Glass' music in particular. All manner of images are rendered including the pure electronic art of Dietmar Offenhuber, Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Lotte Schreiber, Casey Reas, and Martin Wattenberg. The wonderful music is performed by Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa. For those unfamiliar with the Glass chamber opera this is a fine introduction.
For classical music lovers who are finding the more frequent use of video and electronic visual aids (like in the immensely popular 'Tristan und Isolde' production from the LA Phil with Bill Viola's videos, Peter Sellars, direction, Esa-Pekka Salonen's conducting) exciting, this is a fascinating experience and one that will possibly gradually make a noise in the market place. Imagine an opera's sets on a DVD that could be projected on any stage in the world? Curiouser and curiouser....Grady Harp, October 05"