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GLASS, Philip (b. 1937)

GLASS ESSENTIALS: An 80th Anniversary Tribute [Vinyl]

  • Nicolas Horvath, piano

This compilation celebrates Philip Glass’ 80th birthday through his unique contribution to the solo piano repertoire. It features a selection of the intricately melodic Etudes which are both technique-expanding and intimately personal statements. Glass’ importance as a film composer is shown in two excerpts from the BAFTA-winning score for The Hours, and Metamorphosis Two which derives from music for the 1988 film The Thin Blue Line. The only transcription Glass is known to have made, of Paul Simon’s The Sound of Silence, is heard in its only recording. Music in Fifths – which Steve Reich called “like a freight train” – dates from his experimental years and is full of a mesmerising variety of pulse patterns.


Etudes, Book 1: Etude No. 6 (1996) (00:03:15)
Metamorphosis II (1988) (00:07:15)
A Secret Solo (1977) (00:02:07)
The Sound of Silence (arr. P. Glass for piano) (2007) (00:03:24)
Etudes, Book 2 (2013) (00:45:00 )
Etude No. 16 (00:04:59)
Etude No. 18 (00:03:14)
Etude No. 20 (00:06:41)
Music in Fifths (1969) (00:05:59)
The Hours (arr. M. Riesman and N. Muhly for piano) (2002) (00:47:22 )
The Hours: Morning Passages (arr. M. Riesman and N. Muhly for piano) (00:05:06)
The Hours: Choosing Life (arr. M. Riesman and N. Muhly for piano) (00:03:44)
Total Time: 00:45:44

The Artist(s)

Nicolas Horvath Nicolas Horvath is an unusual artist with an unconventional résumé. He began his music studies at the Académie de Musique Prince Rainier III de Monaco, and at the age 16, he caught the attention of the American conductor Lawrence Foster who helped him to secure a three-year scholarship from the Princess Grace Foundation in order to further his studies. His mentors include a number of distinguished international pianists. Known for his boundary-less musical explorations, Horvath is an enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music. He has commissioned numerous works and collaborated with leading contemporary composers from around the world including Philip Glass.

The Composer(s)

Piano is Philip Glass’ primary instrument (he also studied violin and flute); he composes at the keyboard. With its seemingly contradictory elements of lyricism and percussiveness, it is in some ways the ideal medium for Glass’ musical language. With its deep roots in tradition (spanning the Classical, Romantic and Modern eras), the instrument embodies the composer’s desire to merge new ideas with classic forms. It is perhaps via piano (and, by extension, keyboard) that performers and listeners can make the most direct and personal contact with Glass’ musical genius.


Audiophile Audition

“Glass Essentials – An 80th Anniversary Tribute is a fitting tribute to a musical icon. The music is complex, accessible and performed with technical mastery.” – Audiophile Audition

“this compilation...stands out for its rarity and refinement. ” – El Nuevo Herald