The Essential Philip Glass

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Essential Philip Glass is a three-disc 2012 compilation not to be confused with the single-disc 1993 album, The Essential Philip Glass. The tracks from both are taken from previous Sony releases. Two of the discs of the 2012 set are made up of single tracks from a number of albums, including Songs from Liquid Days, Glassworks, the film score "Naqoyqatsi," the ballet "In the Upper Room," and the choral-orchestral piece "Itaipu." Stylistically the music represents a fairly narrow range in Glass' career; all the music except for "Naqoyqatsi" is from the 1980s. There is variety in the musical forces used; the Philip Glass Ensemble led by Michael Riesman figures ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Essential Philip Glass is a three-disc 2012 compilation not to be confused with the single-disc 1993 album, The Essential Philip Glass. The tracks from both are taken from previous Sony releases. Two of the discs of the 2012 set are made up of single tracks from a number of albums, including Songs from Liquid Days, Glassworks, the film score "Naqoyqatsi," the ballet "In the Upper Room," and the choral-orchestral piece "Itaipu." Stylistically the music represents a fairly narrow range in Glass' career; all the music except for "Naqoyqatsi" is from the 1980s. There is variety in the musical forces used; the Philip Glass Ensemble led by Michael Riesman figures prominently, but there are also pieces that use chorus, vocalists, and piano. Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet, and Glass himself are among the distinguished soloists. The third disc was originally released in 1987 as Songs from the Trilogy and is made up of brief selections from Glass' three portrait operas, "Einstein on the Beach" 1976, "Satyagraha" 1980, and "Akhnaten" 1983. This disc includes mostly truncated sections of the operas rather than complete scenes. They give a good idea of what the music sounds like, but because they are cut so short they fail to create the kind of extended temporal experience Glass intended. The excerpts from "Einstein" are especially welcome, though, because they represent a very different side of Glass' creative personality from the other pieces. The performances are consistently topnotch. Sony's sound is exemplary throughout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886919172027
  • Catalog Number: 191720
  • Sales rank: 39,117

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Einstein on the Beach, opera: Knee Play 5 - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (5:11)
  2. 2 Akhnaten, opera: Epilogue - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (4:22)
  3. 3 Einstein on the Beach, opera: Bed - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (3:42)
  4. 4 Akhnaten, opera: Window Of Appearance - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (4:24)
  5. 5 Satyagraha, opera: Tolstoy Farm - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (4:58)
  6. 6 Einstein on the Beach, opera: Knee Play 1 - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (3:32)
  7. 7 Satyagraha, opera: Kuru Field of Justice - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (6:08)
  8. 8 Akhnaten, opera: Akhnaten and Nefertiti - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (4:16)
  9. 9 Einstein on the Beach, opera: Trial - Prison - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (2:51)
  10. 10 Akhnaten, opera: Hymn To The Sun - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (6:17)
  11. 11 Satyagraha, opera: Evening Song - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (4:11)
  12. 12 Satyagraha, opera: Protest - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (4:21)
  13. 13 Songs from Liquid Days, songs (6) for voice & chamber ensemble: Forgetting - Philip Glass & Kronos Quartet (8:09)
  14. 14 Wichita Vortex Sutra, for piano - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (6:54)
  15. 15 Naqoyqatsi, film score: Point Blank - Philip Glass & Yo-Yo Ma (11:17)
  16. 16 Akhnaten, opera: Scene 1. Funeral of Amenhotep III - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (9:01)
  17. 17 Glassworks, pieces (6) for chamber ensemble or piano: Floe - Philip Glass & Philip Glass Ensemble (6:02)
  18. 18 Glassworks, pieces (6) for chamber ensemble or piano: Opening - Philip Glass & Philip Glass (6:25)
  19. 19 Naqoyqatsi, film score: Definition - Philip Glass & Yo-Yo Ma (2:50)
  20. 20 Itaipu, symphonic portrait for chorus & orchestra: The Dam - Philip Glass & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (11:49)
  21. 21 In the Upper Room, ballet for chamber ensemble: Dance No. 9 - Philip Glass & Philip Glass Ensemble (8:11)
  22. 22 Songs from Liquid Days, songs (6) for voice & chamber ensemble: Lightning - Philip Glass & Jon Gibson (6:46)
  23. 23 Songs from Liquid Days, songs (6) for voice & chamber ensemble: Changing Opinion - Philip Glass & Philip Glass Ensemble (10:00)
  24. 24 Fa├žades, for 2 flutes (or saxophones) & strings - Philip Glass & Philip Glass Ensemble (7:23)
  25. 25 A Gentleman's Honor, for flute, soprano, female chorus & orchestra - Philip Glass & Yo-Yo Ma (3:20)
  26. 26 Satyagraha, opera: The Kuru Field of Justice - Philip Glass (6:09)
  27. 27 Satyagraha, opera: Protest - Philip Glass & David Byrne (4:21)
  28. 28 Satyagraha, opera: Evening Song - Philip Glass & Philip Glass Ensemble (4:11)
  29. 29 Akhnaten, opera: Hymn to the Sun - Philip Glass & Philip Glass Ensemble (6:18)
  30. 30 Akhnaten, opera: Window of Appearances - Philip Glass & Philip Glass Ensemble (4:28)
  31. 31 Bed (from Einstein on the Beach), for solo voice & organ - Philip Glass & Paul Simon (3:44)
  32. 32 In the Upper Room, ballet for chamber ensemble: Dance 8 - Philip Glass (5:01)
  33. 33 Metamorphosis, for piano: Metamorphosis 4 - Philip Glass (7:06)
  34. 34 Glassworks, pieces (6) for chamber ensemble or piano: Closing - Philip Glass (5:58)
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