Apr 26, 2009

Celebrate, Sundaze 1 Glass

Sundaze, hello this format, be it partly, has continued at Transgloballs, i just posted todays blog, with plenty of McKenna, nearing the end of a three month hommage to this brilliant man, spiced with Piano Works by Craig Armstrong ..so in case our first guest of the day Philip Glass gets you in the piano mood.. Craig Armstrong is present in the supertrio called The Dolls who's eponymous album got rave reviews but at the same time was a bit hard to classify ..well it's a Sundaze album for sure and finally a bit off perhaps Unkle go off on their Movie themed megamixes, afterparty here i come...

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Philip Glass - Solo Piano (89/03  flac 166mb)

Philip Morris Glass (born January 31, 1937) is considered one of the most influential American composers of the late-20th century and is widely acknowledged as a composer who has brought art music to the public where his big breakthrough came with the movie score Koyaansquatsi. Thus he followed illustrious precursors such as Richard Strauss, Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein. Although his music is often, though controversially, described as minimalist, he distances himself from this label, describing himself instead as a composer of "music with repetitive structures". Although his early, mature music is minimalist, he has evolved stylistically. Currently, he describes himself as a "Classicist", pointing out that he trained in harmony and counterpoint and studied Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Mozart with Nadia Boulanger.

Glass is a prolific composer: He has written works for his own musical group which he founded, the Philip Glass Ensemble (for which he still performs on keyboards), as well as operas, musical theatre works, eight symphonies, eight concertos, solo works, string quartets, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards.

Since the late 1980s, Glass has also written works for solo piano, starting with occasional piano pieces which are associated with his friends, such as Witchita Sutra Vortex (1988, written for the poet Allen Ginsberg). This piece was followed by two piano cycles: Metamorphosis (five pieces for a theatrical adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis [1988] and later used in part by Ronald D. Moore for the Sci-Fi/Universal production of the Reimagined Battlestar Galactica), Solo Piano (1989) is an album of piano music composed and performed by Philip Glass. It was produced by Kurt Munkacsi.
Its first track, Metamorphosis One, was featured in the Battlestar Galactica television episode "Valley of Darkness".Its second track, Metamorphosis Two, formed the basis of one of the main musical themes in the film The Hours.



1 - Metamorphosis One (5:39)
2 - Metamorphosis Two (7:19)
3 - Metamorphosis Three (5:30)
4 - Metamorphosis Four (7:00)
5 - Metamorphosis Five (5:03)
6 - Mad Rush (13:47)
7 - Wichita Sutra Vortex (6:05)

3 comments:

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An amazing album, it is one of my predilect album to listen after a hard day of work.

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his work on the piano is such a big influence on my early years when I started to get close to this beautiful instrument! GReat artist for sure.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rho

Could you please re-up the Glass solo piano album?

Thank you