Essential Philip Glass

Essential Philip Glass

by Philip Glass EnsemblePhilip Glass Ensemble


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As a short collection of Philip Glass' most moving and most animated pieces, The Essential Philip Glass suffices to a certain extent. The 13 tracks that make up this compilation contain some of his most famous movements and compositions, like the hovering angelic vocals that cascade through "Bed," from Einstein on the Beach, or the mixture of modern synthesizers and pastoral choir singing from "Window of Appearances" involving the Stuttgart State Opera, Orchestra & Chorus off of the Akhnaten album. While these tracks and many others represent Glass' sometimes gothic, sometimes beautifully enlightening style of minimalist instrumentation and keyboard work, it should be known that his material stretches way beyond this baker's dozen. With over 15 studio albums spanning from 1974, Philip Glass' career is much too illustrious to label this collection essential. If regarded for its sustenance rather than its efforts at representing his broad spectrum of material, the album itself makes a good listen. "Lightening" takes on the form of a Tangerine Dream track with its pulsating synth work, but is then elevated by Janice Pendarvis' rich vocal candor, and "Changing Opinion" blends flute, piano, and the voice of Bernard Fowler into its subtle yet gripping intricacies. The tracks from The Essential Philip Glass do exhibit some but not all types of his peculiar ingeniousness and musical eccentricities.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2009
Label: Sony Bmg Europe
UPC: 0886975298624
catalogNumber: 7529862


  1. Lightning
  2. Changing Opinion
  3. Façades
  4. A Gentleman's Honor
  5. The Kuru Field of Justice
  6. Protest
  7. Evening Song
  8. Hymn to the Sun
  9. Window of Appearances
  10. Bed
  11. Dance 8
  12. Metamorphosis Four
  13. Closing

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Philip Glass Ensemble   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Philip Glass   Piano
Bernard Fowler   Vocals
Janice Pendarvis   Vocals
Douglas Perry   Tenor (Vocal)
Michael Reisman   Piano
Paul Dunkel   Flute
New York City Opera Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Paul Esswood   Counter Tenor (Vocal)
Stuttgart State Opera Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
New York City Opera Chorus   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Philip Glass   Composer
Paul Simon   Lyricist
Suzanne Vega   Lyricist

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