Steve Futterman
May 01, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Symphony No. 2

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Philip Glass
genre
Classical

We gave it a B

In keeping with his current turn toward listener-friendly fare — the rigorous awards of his early minimalist work now a distant memory — Glass sweetens his lavishly scored, emotionally direct Symphony No. 2 with abundant melodies. Equally engaging is the lyrical, rhythmically alert saxophone concerto, whose four compact movements make skillful use of the contrasting tones found among the sibling saxes. B

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