Editors’ Notes In 1986, Philip Glass wrote a substantial chamber score for a theatrical adaptation of an Edgar Allen Poe short story. A Descent Into the Maelstrom, set in the Norwegian Arctic, tells of a man’s battle to survive an ocean whirlpool. This new version for full symphony orchestra, voice, and synthesizer, performed stunningly by, appropriately, the Arctic Philharmonic, lends Glass’ music a greater intensity and a fresh appeal. The composer’s hectic arpeggios, keening melodies, and pulsating chords are doubly transfixing in their new guise, Poe’s nightmarish story adopting a cinematic aura. The dazzling opening preludes some of Glass’ most exciting, evocative music—including the beautiful, unsettling movement “Tranquility” and a truly awesome finale. An inspired, brilliantly conceived idea.

SONG
Vertigo
1
2:11
 
He Is Coerced to Look
2
2:27
 
The Engagement
3
8:39
 
The Naming
4
0:57
 
Tranquility
5
6:18
 
The Beggin
6
1:08
 
The Strategem
7
3:25
 
On My Watch and Caught
8
2:23
 
The Hurricane and Recognition of Death
9
2:15
 
The Entrance of the Moon
10
3:01
 
The Sighting
11
2:12
 
The Enter the Stream
12
1:06
 
Abandonment
13
4:22
 
The Brother Becomes a Maniac
14
1:47
 
The First Mad Rush
15
1:56
 
Second Perception of Light, Moon, Mist, and Rainbow
16
4:24
 
The Maelstrom
17
6:59
 
Hour of the Slack or Escape
18
4:20