Philip Glass meets Baltic noir

Not sure what to make of this new video by the enterprising violinist Kristine Balanas.

Here’s her take on it:
With Philip Glass’s iconic Einstein on the Beach as soundtrack, THE BAPTISM offers a deluge of
imagery in the form of a narrative palindrome. Filmed partly in black-light and using special effects
unheard of in classical music videos, the film is an extension of Kristine’s idiosyncratic personality as
not only a concert violinist but also a creator and director. “Classical music is employed in some of
the greatest visual moments in cinema. I wanted to see what could be visually possible if the most
intimate anxieties and fears of a performer could be made visible, too,” explains Kristine.


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  • I don’t know about the video, but the music sounds more acceptable to me after spending three quarters of an hour watching a performance of Fazil Say’s Istanbul Symphony. It occurred to me the entire minimalist movement, plus the music of composers such as Say and Ivan Fischer become acceptable if one views them as the modern equivalent of Heitor Villa-Lobos. Not a great composer, but enjoyable enough to listen to on a particular occasion, especially if good wine is included as part of the evening.

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