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The Essential Philip Glass / The Philip Glass Ensemble [3 CDs]

Audio Samples

>Glass, Philip : Songs from Liquid Days
>     Lightning
>     Façades
>     Definition
>Glass, Philip : Facades
>Glass, Philip : A Gentleman's Honor, for flute, soprano, female chorus & orchestra
>Glass, Philip : Satyagraha
>     no 4
>     Part 2. Open The Kingdom
>     Dance no 2
>     Trial - Prison
>     and Nefertiti
>     Window Of Appearance
>     Epilogue
>Glass, Philip : Akhnaten
>     Dance no 8
>     Glasspiece no 1 - Rubric
>     Forgetting
>     Kuru Field of Justice
>     Tolstoy Farm
>     Knee Play 5
>     Epilogue
>Glass, Philip : Bed (from Einstein on the Beach), for solo voice & organ
>Glass, Philip : In the Upper Room
>     Opening
>     Protest
>Glass, Philip : Metamorphosis
>     Floe
>Glass, Philip : Glassworks
>     Scene 1. Funeral of Amenhotep III
>     Point Blank
>     Floe
>Glass, Philip : Naqoyqatsi
>     Dance no 9
>     Hymn To The Sun
>Glass, Philip : Wichita Vortex Sutra, for piano
>Glass, Philip : Itaipu
>     Evening Song
>Glass, Philip : Einstein On The Beach
>     Knee Play 1
>     Bed
>     Bed
>     Knee Play 5

Album Summary

>Glass, Philip : Songs from Liquid Days
>Glass, Philip : Facades
>Glass, Philip : A Gentleman's Honor, for flute, soprano, female chorus & orchestra
>Glass, Philip : Satyagraha
>Glass, Philip : Akhnaten
>Glass, Philip : Bed (from Einstein on the Beach), for solo voice & organ
>Glass, Philip : In the Upper Room
>Glass, Philip : Metamorphosis
>Glass, Philip : Glassworks
>Glass, Philip : Naqoyqatsi
>Glass, Philip : Wichita Vortex Sutra, for piano
>Glass, Philip : Itaipu
>Glass, Philip : Einstein On The Beach
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Reviews

Sony Classical Celebrates the 75th Birthday of Philip Glass With The Release of The Essential Phili
In celebration of the 75th Birthday of Philip Glass, Sony Classical proudly releases The Essential Philip Glass. Available on January 31, the limited edition three-CD set, encompasses generous selections from Glass’ 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.
Born in Baltimore in 1937, Philip 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.

Tracklisting:

CD 1

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)


CD 2

Opening / Floe (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)


CD 3

Protest / Evening Song / Kuru Field of Justice / Tolstoy Farm (Satyagraha)

Hymn To The Sun / Akhnaten and Nefertiti / Window Of Appearances / Epilogue (Akhnaten)

Trial – Prison / Knee 1 / Bed / Knee 5 (Einstein On The Beach)
Submitted on 01/30/12 by HB 
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Works Details

>Glass, Philip : Songs from Liquid Days :: Lightning
  • Performers: Jon Gibson; Jack Kripl (Flute); Richard Peck (Saxophone); Janice Pendarvis (Voice)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Glass, Philip : Songs from Liquid Days :: Façades
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Glass, Philip : Facades
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Glass, Philip : A Gentleman's Honor, for flute, soprano, female chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Glass, Philip : Satyagraha :: no 4
  • Notes: Composition written: 1980.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1980

>Glass, Philip : Satyagraha :: Part 2. Open The Kingdom
  • Performer: Douglas Perry (Viola)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1980.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1980

>Glass, Philip : Satyagraha :: Dance no 2
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1980.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1980

>Glass, Philip : Akhnaten :: Dance no 8
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1983.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1983

>Glass, Philip : Akhnaten :: Glasspiece no 1 - Rubric
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1983.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1983

>Glass, Philip : Bed (from Einstein on the Beach), for solo voice & organ
  • Performers: Paul Dunkel (Flute); Michael Riesman (Piano); Bernard Fowler (Voice)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Glass, Philip : In the Upper Room :: Opening
  • Performer: Philip Glass (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Glass, Philip : Metamorphosis :: Floe
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Glass, Philip : Glassworks :: Scene 1. Funeral of Amenhotep III
  • Performer: Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Glass, Philip : Glassworks :: Point Blank
  • Performer: Philip Glass (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Glass, Philip : Glassworks :: Floe
  • Performer: Philip Glass (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Glass, Philip : Akhnaten :: Forgetting
  • Performer: Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Notes: Karlshöhe Church, Ludwigsburg, Germany (01/13/1987-02/01/1987); Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany (01/13/1987-02/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1983

>Glass, Philip : Naqoyqatsi :: Dance no 9
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Glass, Philip : Wichita Vortex Sutra, for piano
  • Performer: Philip Glass (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Glass, Philip : Songs from Liquid Days :: Definition
  • Performers: The Roaches; Linda Ronstadt (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Glass, Philip : In the Upper Room :: Protest
  • Performer: Douglas Perry (Viola)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Glass, Philip : Itaipu :: Evening Song
  • Performer: Douglas Perry (Viola)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 11 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Glass, Philip : Naqoyqatsi :: Hymn To The Sun
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Glass, Philip : Satyagraha :: Trial - Prison
  • Performer: Douglas Perry (Viola)
  • Conductor: Christopher Keene
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1980.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1980

>Glass, Philip : Satyagraha :: and Nefertiti
  • Performer: Douglas Perry (Viola)
  • Conductor: Christopher Keene
  • Notes: Composition written: 1980.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1980

>Glass, Philip : Akhnaten :: Kuru Field of Justice
  • Performer: Paul Esswood (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Notes: Karlshöhe Church, Ludwigsburg, Germany (01/01/1987); Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany (01/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1983

>Glass, Philip : Einstein On The Beach :: Knee Play 1
  • Performers: Jon Gibson; Richard Landry (Flute)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1976

>Glass, Philip : Akhnaten :: Tolstoy Farm
  • Performers: Paul Esswood (Countertenor); Milagro Vargas (Alto)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Notes: Karlshöhe Church, Ludwigsburg, Germany (01/01/1987); Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany (01/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1983

>Glass, Philip : Satyagraha :: Window Of Appearance
  • Performers: Scott Reeve (Bass); Robert McFarland (Baritone); Douglas Perry (Viola)
  • Conductor: Christopher Keene
  • Notes: Composition written: 1980.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1980

>Glass, Philip : Einstein On The Beach :: Bed
  • Performer: Philip Glass (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1976

>Glass, Philip : Satyagraha :: Epilogue
  • Performers: Scott Reeve (Bass); Robert McFarland (Baritone); Claudia Cummings (Soprano); Douglas Perry (Viola); Sheryl Woods (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christopher Keene
  • Notes: Composition written: 1980.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1980

>Glass, Philip : Akhnaten :: Knee Play 5
  • Performers: Paul Esswood (Countertenor); Milagro Vargas (Alto)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Notes: Karlshöhe Church, Ludwigsburg, Germany (01/01/1987); Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany (01/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1983

>Glass, Philip : Einstein On The Beach :: Bed
  • Performers: Iris Hiskey (Soprano); George Andoniadis (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1976

>Glass, Philip : Akhnaten :: Epilogue
  • Performers: Paul Esswood (Countertenor); Milagro Vargas (Alto)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Notes: Karlshöhe Church, Ludwigsburg, Germany (01/01/1987); Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany (01/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1983

>Glass, Philip : Einstein On The Beach :: Knee Play 5
  • Performers: Paul Zukofsky (Violin); Philip Glass (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1976