Philip Glass Solo

Philip Glass Solo
© t Album artwork; credit: Luis Álvarez Roure: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

This is my piano, the instrument on which most of the music was written. It’s also the same room where I have worked for decades in the middle of the energy which New York City itself has brought to me. The listener may hear the quiet hum of New York in the background or feel the influence of time and memory that this space affords. To the degree possible, I made this record to invite the listener in. – Philip Glass

Philip Glass Solo is the latest album from legendary composer and pianist Philip Glass, released January 26 on Orange Mountain Music.

The collection is an intimate portrait of Glass at age 84, recorded at a time when the world was undergoing a major shift. For Glass, that shift manifested in going from a busy tour and premiere schedule to time spent at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Glass dedicated this time to revisiting some of his most critically acclaimed piano pieces, taking to them with a new view in his home studio in New York. It is his most personal recording to date, offering a snapshot of his life, and a portrait of daily practice over eight decades through several cherished works. 

Philip Glass Solo will feature Opening, originally written for the 1982 album Glassworks, which remains one of Glass’ most transfixing pieces and established a sound that quickly became a calling card; Metamorphosis I, II, III, and V, the series of music Glass arranged for his first solo piano concerts in the 1980s; one of his most beloved pieces and longest performances on record (at 16:35), Mad Rush, which he composed as an organ piece in 1978 when the Dalai Lama made his first public address in New York; and a reworked version of Truman Sleeps from the soundtrack of the beloved Peter Weir film The Truman Show, where Glass appeared on screen performing the piano in one of the pivotal scenes of the film. His changes speak to the heart of all artists’ evolution of both themselves, and their music, over time.

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