Les Enfants Terribles
Philip Glass, Nelson Padgett and Eleanor Sandresky (pianos), Christine Arand (soprano), Philip Cutlip (bass-baritone), Hal Cazalet (tenor), and Valerie Komar (mezzo soprano)
Orange Mountain Music
Les Enfants sees Glass collaborating with Susan Marshall to produce a hybrid music/dance/theatre piece based on Cocteau's narrative, an intense, introspective fable in which the increasingly perverse imaginary world created by two children is eventually intruded upon and destroyed by external reality. The musical component of the piece is formally a chamber opera: scored for four vocalists and multiple pianos - anyone who enjoyed Michael Nyman's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat will be at home here - its condensed instrumentation perfectly reflects the claustrophobia-inducing plot. The performances and recorded sound are of the highest order and the music itself, which sees Glass's distinctive style expertly applied to the tensions and conflicting forces which propel the narrative along its inexorable course, is utterly compelling.
Roger Thomas, BBC Music Magazine, 8/1/2005