In the Penal Colony
Music Theatre Wales Ensemble
Michael Bennett ten., Omar Ebrahim bar..
Orange Mountain Music
Glass's obsessively repeating patterns, pulsating bass notes and uneasy chromatic shifts lend themselves effectively to this sense of entrapment, claustrophobia and calculated cruelty. But what makes 'In the Penal Colony' both a disturbing and, at times, a poignant work is the way in which Glass's musical language responds to subtle nuances in the tone and expression of the text while simultaneously driving the action forward.
Pwyll ap Siôn, Gramophone, 5/1/2012