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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. N. Muhly and M. Riesman 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 began his music studies at Monaco’s Académie de Musique et de Théâtre Prince Rainier III and soon began to make an impression on a number of artists who would become his mentors. Aged 16 he caught the attention of the American conductor Lawrence Foster before coming to the notice of several distinguished international pianists, including Liszt specialist Leslie Howard. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including First Prize at both the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions. He has become noted for hosting concerts of unusual length, sometimes lasting over twelve hours, such as the overnight performance of the complete piano music of Erik Satie at the Paris Philharmonie before a cumulative audience of 14,000 people. In 2019 he performed alongside Philip Glass at the same venue in a programme devoted to the American composer’s piano music. Horvath’s extensive and varied discography on Grand Piano includes the highly acclaimed Philip Glass solo piano music edition, Glassworlds; the complete piano works of Erik Satie; piano sonatas by the Estonian composer Jaan Rääts and music by the American experimental composer Alvin Lucier; Carl Czerny’s 30 Études; and lesser-known piano music by Claude Debussey, Anne-Louise Brillion de Jouy and Hélène de Montgeroult. Nicolas is a Steinway Artist.

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