Philip Glass is one of the most familiar names in contemporary music today. He is also one of the most successful and widely-performed living composers and his output ranges from instrumental works and large-scale operas and theater pieces to film music and collaborations with rock musicians. Glass was born in Baltimore in 1937 to Jewish immigrant parents and his early musical education began with violin lessons at the age of six and at the age of eight he was accepted at the Peabody Institute (the youngest student ever accepted at that august institution). Studies there included his by now preferred instrument, the flute, and by the time he reached his teens he began composing.
To fully appreciate the sheer, unbridled audacity of these four early works by Philip Glass, it is helpful, for a moment, to imagine that it's 1969 and you've never heard any of the composer's music before. Indeed, in 1969, it would have been unlikely that you'd heard anything like this before.
The Grand Master of minimal music, here portrayed with a cross-section of his major works - including his three undertook a "Portrait Trilogy" became known operas, each one of the personalities of contemporary violence: Akhenaten, Einstein and Gandhi
Philip Glass was unquestionably among the most innovative and influential composers of the 20th century. Postmodern music's most celebrated and high-profile proponent, his myriad orchestral works, operas, film scores, and dance pieces proved essential to the development of ambient and new age sounds, and his fusions of Western and world musics were among the earliest and most successful global experiments of their kind.
Orange Mountain Music presents the world premiere recording of Philip Glass’ A Madrigal Opera performed by Finland’s Ooppera Skaala. Glass’ second opera after the hallmark Einstein on the Beach in 1975, A Madrigal Opera contains no narrative or subject matter. It is a work composed for future writers and directors to create in and around Glass score.
The present recording, which is once again a work conducted by Dennis Russell Davies performed by the Bruckner Orchester Linz, represents my more recent thinking about this symphony. The revisions which now appear at the end of the symphony, and indeed the warmth and enthusiasm of the Bruckner Orchester Linz under Davies' leadership, has finally provided me with an opportunity to make a definitive recording of the work.
Philip Glass' long-time champion Dennis Russell Davies teams with pianist maki Namekawa to perform Glass' music for piano. This release includes the premiere recording of "Four Movements for Two Pianos" by Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa which the two pianists played at the Ruhr Piano Festival in 2008. The album also includes Davies' performing the original six Glass piano études, and Namekawa playing three selections from Glass' score to The Hours.
Music for piano solo, or the result of arrangements for more than one piano, or for piano and cello, with an interpretative richness and depth such as to place the "classic" composer Philip Glass in a position of absolute distinction. With its absence of refrains and points of melodic support, it has the flavour of an opera which, above and beyond the so-called minimalist movement, now belongs in the history of contemporary music.