Greg Sandow
December 04, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Low Symphony

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Philip Glass
genre
Classical

We gave it an A

Yes, Philip Glass built his new symphony on themes from David Bowie’s 1977 album Low, but that doesn’t make the new work rock & roll. Nor does Low Symphony ride the repeated swelling waves of Glass’ trademark minimalism. Bowie — who took a bow at the premiere — may have inspired America’s top classical composer to find a freer, more lyrical, and more richly narrative style, one that echoes symphonic tradition and goes straight to a listener’s heart. A

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