Monday, January 30, 2012

Sony Classical Celebrates the 75th Birthday of Philip Glass


With The Release of The Essential Philip Glass - Limited Edition 3-CD Set Available January 31, 2012

In celebration of the 75th Birthday of Philip Glass, Sony Classical proudly releases The Essential Philip Glass. Available on January 31, the limited edition three-CD set, encompasses generous selections from Glass’ three seminal “Portrait Operas” (Einstein On The Beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten) that established Glass as a serious, innovative classical composer. The set also includes dance scores for Twyla Tharp (In the Upper Room) and Jerome Robbins (Songs from Liquid Days), theater works (The Photographer), plus music for solo piano and collaborations with artists as wide-ranging as Suzanne Vega, Linda Ronstadt, the Kronos Quartet and Yo-Yo Ma.

Born in Baltimore in 1937, Philip Glass studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and began to develop his signature style while working in experimental theater and as musical director alongside Ravi Shankar for the film Chappaqua. He formed The Philip Glass Ensemble in 1971, whose blend of electronic keyboards, reed instruments and female voices resulted in a unique and energetic sound world. In addition to eight Grammy nominations, Glass’ numerous film scores have earned him three Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe (The Truman Show), and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Opera Honors Award in 2010.

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