Legend . . . or pain in the Glass?
Philip Glass is an acquired taste, and we hunger for any new news.
We have some great new to share: In celebration of the 75th birthday of Glass, Sony Classical is releasing The Essential Philip Glass. Available on January 31, the limited-edition three-CD set encompasses generous selections from the composer’s three seminal “Portrait Operas” (Einstein On The Beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten) that established Glass as a serious, innovative classical composer. The set also includes dance scores for Twyla Tharp (In the Upper Room) and Jerome Robbins (Songs from Liquid Days), theater works (The Photographer), plus music for solo piano and collaborations with artists as wide-ranging as Suzanne Vega, Linda Ronstadt, the Kronos Quartet and Yo-Yo Ma.
For those who don’t live in Glass houses: Born in Baltimore in 1937, Glass studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and began to develop his signature style while working in experimental theater and as musical director alongside Ravi Shankar for the film Chappaqua. He formed The Philip Glass Ensemble in 1971, whose blend of electronic keyboards, reed instruments and female voices resulted in a unique and energetic sound world. In addition to eight Grammy nominations, Glass’ numerous film scores have earned him three Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe (The Truman Show), and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Opera Honors Award in 2010.
Lightning/Changing Opinion (Songs from Liquid Days)
Façades A Gentleman’s Honor (The Photographer)
Primacy of Number (Naqoyqatsi)
Metamorphosis IV · Open The Kingdom (Liquid Days, Part II)
Dance II/Dance VIII (In the Upper Room)
Glasspiece #1 (“Rubric” from Glassworks)
Funeral of Amenhotep III (Akhnaten)
Point Blank/Definition (Naqoyqatsi)
Wichita Vortex Sutra · Forgetting (Songs from Liquid Days)
Dance IX (In the Upper Room)
The Dam (Itaipú)
Protest/Evening Song/Kuru Field of Justice/Tolstoy Farm (Satyagraha)
Hymn To The Sun/Akhnaten and Nefertiti/Window Of Appearances/Epilogue (Akhnaten)
Trial–Prison/ Knee1/Bed /Knee 5 (Einstein On The Beach)