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Carducci Quartet, Cian O'Duill, Gemma Rosefield - Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 5; Suite from Dracula; String Sextet (2015)

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Carducci Quartet, Cian O'Duill, Gemma Rosefield - Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 5; Suite from Dracula; String Sextet (2015)

Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 5; Suite from Dracula; String Sextet (2015)
Carducci String Quartet; Cian O'Duill, viola; Gemma Rosefield, cello

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Classical, Minimalism | Label: Naxos | # 8.559766 | Time: 01:05:09

Of Philip Glass' conventionally scored chamber works, his String Quartet No. 5 is probably the best-known, in part because the Kronos Quartet and the Smith Quartet have given it first-rate recordings, but also because its more traditional approach and neo-romantic feeling hold a special attraction for a broad audience. This five-movement work has Glass' characteristic patterns and pulses, at least as they developed from his hard-edged, amplified minimalism of the 1970s to softer acoustic textures over the course of the 1980s, though the music is much more melodically contoured and expressive. This 2015 release by the Carducci String Quartet adds another title to the work's growing discography, and it is a wonderful performance by musicians who have a strong sympathy for Glass' idiom. It is programmed with the Suite from Dracula, a soundtrack Glass composed for the Tod Browning film, Dracula (1931), and Michael Riesman's arrangement of the Symphony No. 4, "Heroes," here presented as the String Sextet.

Music Theatre Wales, Michael Rafferty - Philip Glass: In The Penal Colony (2011) [Re-Up]

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Music Theatre Wales, Michael Rafferty - Philip Glass: In The Penal Colony (2011) [Re-Up]

Philip Glass - In The Penal Colony (2011)
Music Theatre Wales, conducted by Michael Rafferty

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 357 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:18:57
Classical, Minimalism, Opera | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0078

Philip Glass' one act chamber opera In the Penal Colony was composed in 2000. The libretto is by Rudolph Wurlitzer and based on a story by Franz Kafka.

Michael Riesman - Philip Glass: Music from 'The Hours' (2004)

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Michael Riesman - Philip Glass: Music from 'The Hours' (2004)

Michael Riesman - Philip Glass: Music from 'The Hours' (2004)
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Classical, Minimalism, Score | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0012 | Time: 00:57:25

In 2002 Philip Glass composed the soundtrack score to the Stephen Daldry film "The Hours". The film went on to receive 9 Acadamy Awards nominations, including one for ‘best score’. At the beginning of the film, Daldry depicts the timelessness of small daily events, how the real elements of life are patterns that repeat across time. The movie opens with three women from three different eras intercut, all doing similar things. There's Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) in 1923, a troubled young mother (Julianne Moore) in 1951 and a woman (Meryl Streep) in 2001 making preparations for a party later that evening. In one location flowers are bought, in another displayed, in another discarded. Philip Glass' score intensely underlines the images with a sense of strangeness and sympathy. Michael Riesman, Mr. Glass’ longtime musical director and producer of the film score recordings, created solo piano adaptations of the original score and has been performing them in concert.

Kronos Quartet - Music by Peter Sculthorpe, Aulis Sallinem, Philip Glass, Conlon Nancarrow, Jimi Hendrix (1986) Reissue 2011

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Kronos Quartet - Music by Peter Sculthorpe, Aulis Sallinem, Philip Glass, Conlon Nancarrow, Jimi Hendrix (1986) Reissue 2011

Kronos Quartet - Music by Sculthorpe, Sallinem, Glass, Nancarrow, Hendrix (1986)
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Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79111-2 | Time: 00:49:11
Chamber Music, Minimalism, Avant-Garde

To say this barrier-breaking string quartet plays modern music is an understatement. All of the five composers showcased on this audacious recording were born in the 20th century. Minimalist Philip Glass is among the best known of the five, whose works cannot possibly be mistaken with anything from the baroque or classical periods. This particular foursome illustrates the grace, beauty, and even power of a string quartet, but goes well beyond. In the words of first violinist and leader David Harrington, "I've always wanted the string quartet to be vital, and energetic, and alive, and cool, and not afraid to kick ass and be absolutely beautiful and ugly if it has to be." The album-ending cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic "Purple Haze" must be heard to be believed.

Philip Glass - The Concerto Project Vol. IV: Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra & Tirol Concerto (2011) [Re-Up]

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Philip Glass - The Concerto Project Vol. IV: Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra & Tirol Concerto (2011) [Re-Up]

Philip Glass: The Concerto Project Vol. IV (2011)
Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra & Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Tim Fain, violin; Wendy Sutter, cello; Residentie Orkest; The Hague Philharmonic; Jurjen Hempel
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra; Dennis Russell Davies, piano & conductor

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Classical, Minimalism | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0077 | Time: 01:10:19

The Fourth Volume documenting the concertos by Philip Glass, this volume presents a brand new recording of the composers 2010 commission from the Nederlands Dans Theater, a Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra featuring soloists Tim Fain and Wendy Sutter under the direction of Maestro Jurjen Hempel. The second concerto is the first piano concerto by Glass, the Tirol Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra performed by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchester with Dennis Russell Davies conducting from the keyboard.

Philip Glass - The Concerto Project Vol. III: Concerto Grosso & Concerto for Saxophone Quartet (2008) [Re-Up]

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Philip Glass - The Concerto Project Vol. III:  Concerto Grosso & Concerto for Saxophone Quartet (2008) [Re-Up]

Philip Glass - The Concerto Project Vol. III: Concerto Grosso & Concerto for Saxophone Quartet (2008)
Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Dennis Russell Davies, conductor; Raschèr Saxophone Quartet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0042 | Time: 00:42:30

'The Concerto Project Vol. III' is the penultimate release in a series of four albums to be issued by Orange Mountain Music documenting the eight Philip Glass concertos to date. Volume III includes Glass's 'Concerto Grosso' commissioned by the City of Bonn for the opening of the Stadtische Kunstmuseum in the German city in 1992. Each movement of the Concerto Grosso is written for a distinctive group of instruments - the winds, brass and strings, which together make up a symphonic ensemble. In this live 1993 recording it is played by the Beethoven Orchester Bonn conducted by long-time Glass associate Dennis Russell Davies, the musicians who premiered the work - under its original title of Concerto for Three Ensembles - in June 1992. The second concerto is Glass's 'Concerto for Saxophone Quartet', performed by its dedicatees, the internationally renowned Raschèr Saxophone Quartet who premiered the piece at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in 1995.

Bruce Brubaker - Glass Cage: Music for piano by Philip Glass and John Cage (2000) [Re-Up]

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Bruce Brubaker - Glass Cage: Music for piano by Philip Glass and John Cage (2000) [Re-Up]

Bruce Brubaker - Glass Cage: Music for piano by Philip Glass and John Cage (2000)
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Classical, Minimalism | Label: Arabesque | # Z6744 | Time: 01:03:35

Though he may not be a piano superstar, Bruce Brubaker is clearly a musician to watch. On this recording of solo piano works by Philip Glass and John Cage, Brubaker somehow shifts between these two very different modernist composers to create a seamless disc of mesmerizing keyboard music. While Glass's own playing is often precise and austere, Brubaker is a different beast altogether. With him, we get a hint of Impressionism and a sense of contemplation with each note. The five parts of Metamorphosis are given shades of melancholy, along with frenzy; on the expansive "Mad Rush," Brubaker goes wild where he has to, but always returns to the piece's calming, sweet center. The piano music of John Cage is limited to just two cuts–"A Room" and "Dream"–but they, too, are hauntingly beautiful (especially the latter, longer piece).

Philip Glass - The Concerto Project Vol. II: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra (2006) [Re-Up]

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Philip Glass - The Concerto Project Vol. II:  Piano Concerto No. 2 & Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra (2006) [Re-Up]

Philip Glass - The Concerto Project Vol. II (2006)
Piano Concerto No. 2; Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra
Paul Barnes, piano; R. Carlos Nakai, flute; Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord
Northwest Chamber Orchestra; Ralf Gothóni, conductor

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Classical, Minimalism | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0030 | Time: 00:42:30

The Concerto Project Vol. II is the second release in Orange Mountain Music’s Concerto Project series and features two world premiere recordings of works by composer Philip Glass. Pianist Paul Barnes performs Piano Concerto No. 2 “After Lewis and Clark” with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ralph Gothóni. The concerto was commissioned in part by the Nebraska Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the explorers’ journey across the American continent. The three movements are titled “The Vision”, “Sacagawea” and “The Land.” The first and third movements bookend an intimate middle movement that features a traditional Shoshone Indian theme performed on the Native American flute by R. Carlos Nakai. The dynamic flare of the first concerto is contrasted by the album’s second work, Philip Glass’s beautiful Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra. The three movement concerto is performed by harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ralph Gothóni.

Robert McDuffie, LPO, Marin Alsop - Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No.2 'The American Four Seasons' (2010) [Re-Up]

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Robert McDuffie, LPO, Marin Alsop - Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No.2 'The American Four Seasons' (2010) [Re-Up]

Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No.2 'The American Four Seasons' (2010)
Robert McDuffie, violin; London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop

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Classical, Minimalism | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0072 | Time: 00:40:06

Orange Mountain Music presents Philip Glass second violin concerto, subtitled The American Four Seasons, performed by violinist Robert McDuffie accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop. This live performance was captured on the occasion of the UK premiere of the work in the spring of 2010. The concerto is in four movements, with each movement preceded by a piece for solo violin comprised of a prologue and three songs. The strings-only orchestra is complemented by a synthesizer producing a sound palette that harkens back to the Philip Glass of the 1970s. The American Four Seasons was commissioned by McDuffie to act as a companion piece to Vivaldi s Four Seasons concertos, which are among the most performed and recorded works in the history of music.

Steffen Schleiermacher - Philip Glass: How Now (2010)

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Steffen Schleiermacher - Philip Glass: How Now (2010)

Steffen Schleiermacher - Philip Glass: How Now (2010)
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Genre: Classical, Minimalism | Label: MDG | # MDG 613 1600-2 | Time: 01:07:20

Besides having a flourishing career as a composer, Steffen Schleiermacher has made a name for himself as a pianist and conductor, focusing on new music. This MDG release features three very early works by Philip Glass from 1968 and 1969, Music in Similar Motion, How Now, and Music in Fifths. The works are stylistically closely related and come from a point in the composer's career when he was exploring the use of repetitive structures varied through additive and subtractive processes. Their tonality, limited pitch material, and constant rhythmic patterns gave rise to the popular misconception that Glass' music is about nothing but repetition. Attentive listening (or any real listening at all) reveals that there is a great deal more going on, and that in spite of the simplicity of the material, Glass' radical techniques could produce music of considerable subtlety and seriousness of intent, as well as having a surface that, for certain audiences, was compelling and immensely appealing.

Bruce Brubaker - Time Curve: Music for Piano by Philip Glass and William Duckworth (2009) [Re-Up]

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Bruce Brubaker - Time Curve: Music for Piano by Philip Glass and William Duckworth (2009) [Re-Up]

Bruce Brubaker - Time Curve: Music for Piano by Philip Glass and William Duckworth (2009)
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Label: Arabesque Recordings | # Z6806 | Time: 01:10:52
Classical, Mimimalism, Post-Minimalism

This very appealing disc of post-minimal solo piano music, played by Bruce Brubaker, includes two multi-movements works by William Duckworth and Philip Glass. Composer and music critic Kyle Gann describes Duckworth's The Time Curve Preludes (1977-1978), which use repetitive structures, an essentially tonal harmonic language, and a limited amount of musical material, as the first examples of post-minimal music, because of their brevity, which runs counter to the element of minimalism in which musical changes unfold very slowly over a long time span. The preludes are in two books of 12 movements each, and Brubaker plays the first book. Although they rarely involve exact repetition, each prelude takes a musical idea and examines it from a variety of subtly shifting perspectives. The preludes generally have limited harmonic movement and are frequently built on drones, so they tend to create a sense of stasis and equilibrium, sometimes quietly meditative and sometimes busy. Duckworth's quirky hallmark mixture of major and minor modes is evident in many of the preludes. The harmonic movement and gestures of Glass' Six Etudes for Piano, from 1994, make the pieces immediately recognizable as his work.

Kevin Bowyer - Philip Glass: Music for Organ; Christopher Bowers-Broadbent: Duets and Canons (2001)

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Kevin Bowyer - Philip Glass: Music for Organ; Christopher Bowers-Broadbent: Duets and Canons (2001)

Kevin Bowyer - Philip Glass & Christopher Bowers-Broadbent: Music for Organ (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 357 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Covers included
Classical, Minimalism, Contemporary | Label: Nimbus | # NI 5664 | 01:11:50

The organ music of Philip Glass presents some of his most significant and extended minimalist works. Dance 2 and Dance 4 are the two solo organ movements of a five-part work composed in the early 1970s. The arrangement of the Act III Finale to his opera Satyagraha dates from 1980 and is one of the most famous and familiar pieces in all Glass. The sheer accuracy and concentration of Kevin Bowyer's performances guarantee that this music is heard to its best effect on the splendid 1995 Marcussen organ at Tonbridge School.

Fine Arts Quartet - Four American Quartets: Philip Glass, Bernard Herrmann, George Antheil, Ralph Evans (2008)

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Fine Arts Quartet - Four American Quartets: Philip Glass, Bernard Herrmann, George Antheil, Ralph Evans (2008)

Fine Arts Quartet - Four American Quartets (2008)
Philip Glass - Bernard Herrmann - George Antheil - Ralph Evans

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 298 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Chamber | Label: Naxos | # 8.559354 | Time: 01:02:25

This recording gathers four string quartets by American composers who are widely divergent in style and manner, and who have made a distinctive and personal contribution to this endlessly re-inventive format. Ralph Evans is more familiar as a performer than composer. Finally completed in 1995, his First String Quartet is written in a non-derivative style, with tuneful melodies, lively counterpoint and piquant harmonies. Philip Glass has completed five mature quartets, his Second Quartet deriving from a theatrical presentation of Samuel Beckett’s prose poem Company. The self-styled ‘bad boy of American music’, George Antheil wrote three string quartets, the third of which is permeated by a folk-music ambience. Best remembered for his film scores, Bernard Herrmann had not released a concert work for 25 years when he wrote Echoes. Its title applies to the thematic connections unobtrusively linking the ten sections of this one-movement piece.

Marcin Markowicz, Grzegorz Skrobinski - Different Things: Erich Korngold, Nino Rota, Alfred Schnittke, Philip Glass (2017)

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Marcin Markowicz, Grzegorz Skrobinski - Different Things: Erich Korngold, Nino Rota, Alfred Schnittke, Philip Glass (2017)

Different Things: Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Nino Rota, Alfred Schnittke, Philip Glass (2017)
Marcin Markowicz (violin), Grzegorz Skrobiński (piano)

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Genre: Classical | Label: CD Accord / NFM | # ACD 235 / NFM 38 | 01:10:38

Korngold, Rota, Schnittke, Glass – four different artistic personalities. Each of these composers was active in totally different conditions; and therefore their life circumstances and consequently their artistic choices are incomparable. What may connect Korngold and Nino Rota are their early debuts as composers – both were prodigies. Seeking analogies in the lives of Alfred Schnittke and Philip Glass would come to naught. There is, however, another common denominator for their work – all of them were hugely successful in writing film music. Korngold codified its modern canons ruling to this day. Without Nino Rota it would be difficult to imagine Federico Fellini’s masterpieces. Alfred Schnittke found in the realm of cinema a domain of relative artistic freedom; Philip Glass a platform for his ambitiously non-clichéd art, opposing the musical mainstream of the last decades of the 20th century and the first decades of the 21st century.

Daniel Hope - Spheres (2013) [Re-Up]

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Daniel Hope - Spheres (2013) [Re-Up]

Daniel Hope - Spheres (2013)
Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass, Johann Paul von Westhoff, Gabriel Fauré, Lera Auerbach
Arvo Pärt, Elena Kats-Chernin, Alex Baranowski, Gabriel Prokofiev, Aleksey Igudesman
Max Richter, Karl Jenkins, Johann Sebastian Bach, Michael Nyman, Karsten Gundermann
Daniel Hope (violin); Jacques Ammon (piano); Members of the Rundfunkchor Berlin
Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin; Simon Halsey, conductor

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Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 0571

Award-winning violinist Daniel Hope presents an eclectic and accessible mix of neo-Baroque, minimalist and soundtrack favourites, including works and arrangements by contemporary masters like Ludovico Einaudi, Arvo Pärt, Karl Jenkins, Max Richter, Gabriel Prokofiev, Alex Baranowski and many more. “Spheres” features a curated collection of repertoire celebrating the idea, first brought forward by Pythagoras, that planetary movement creates its own kind of music, bringing beauty, harmony and simplicity to our complex solar system. This idea has fascinated philosophers, musicians, and mathematicians for centuries. Featured as main soloist on Max Richter’s acclaimed “Vivaldi Recomposed”, Hope is known for an effortless classical sound and intriguing approach to repertoire. Music of reflection, contemplation and relaxation.