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"The Book of Longing" collaboration by Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen

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Apr. 10th, 2011 | 12:08 pm
location: Shoreline, WA
mood: pleasedpleased
posted by: skjaere in leonardcohen

I've been a die-hard Leonard Cohen fan for about eight years now, and until last week, I *thought* I had every commercial recording he's ever made. And then I found this while browsing at the library. It's the poetry of LC set to music by Philip Glass, released in 2007. LC speaks on a few of the tracks (Disc 1, tracks 1, 4, 8, 10, 13. Disc 2, tracks 3, 7), but the rest are sung by a couple of other artists. It's hit-and-miss in places, and it can be a little jarring to hear familiar words sung to wildly different melodies, but the words are LC's and the music is frequently lovely, though I'm not at all sure how to classify it. Definitely worth checking out. I can't be the only one who missed this, can I?



Oh, and congratulations to Grandpa Leonard, Mama Lorca, Daddy Rufus, and "Deputy" Dad Jorn on the birth of Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen in February!

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Autoluminescence

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from: upaya
date: Apr. 10th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
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I missed this too. Thanks for pointing it out!

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Chloe

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from: blue_druid
date: Apr. 10th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
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I' read about this last year and meant to find a copy. Ta for the reminder!

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Irina

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from: mind_cell
date: Apr. 10th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Hi, first time posting, i am a big fan of Cohen, but i did not quite like this album. It was more than jarring IMHO to hear Cohen's lyrics sung by opera voices, they just do not go together at all... No sensuality, no cynicism mixed with sadness and poetry that i have come to associate with Cohen's voice and music. I gave this album several tries but gave up in the end. Maybe it's because i don't have classical music training and thus simply can't appreciate this style, i don't know.

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Rowan

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from: skjaere
date: Apr. 11th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
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It's probably not for everyone, but I'm a completist, and I mean to have a copy of everything Cohen has done. This includes the execrable musical "Night Magic".

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Irina

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from: mind_cell
date: Apr. 11th, 2011 05:58 am (UTC)
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Oh yes, i more than understand collector's passions ;) I have never heard of this musical though, thanks for the information.

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Rowan

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from: skjaere
date: Apr. 11th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
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The musical is really appallingly bad. Cohen's words are there, and are frequently lovely, as one would expect, but the music they are set to is awful, the singers are terrible, and the plot of the thing is downright creepy if you consider yourself even remotely feminist. There's a very early version of "Anthem" (titled "The Bells") that is *almost* decent, but the rest is just...eurgh.

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reverencia

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from: reverencia
date: Apr. 13th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
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I saw Phillip Glass perform this live at the Sydney Opera House some years ago. It was excellent and also incorporated images of Leonard's artwork. I didn't know that they'd recorded it.

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