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Top 10 Essential Philip Glass Recordings

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Philip Glass has been an extremely prolific composer, and has had long associations with two major record labels. Here are 10 recordings that will serve as an introduction to his hugely influential music.

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Archival Interviews with Philip Glass

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

As part of Music of Constant Change, Q2 Music unearths diverse historic interviews with Philip Glass, collected from the 75-year-old composer's many visits to New York Public Radio.

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Kronos Quartet's David Harrington on Glass as Leader

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

For 30 years, the music of Philip Glass has played a large and vital role in the work of Kronos Quartet. His "Mishima" was our very first film soundtrack recording. The only concert we ever played in a graveyard was with Philip in Spain. It was Philip who introduced us to Foday Musa Suso, the great kora player from Gambia. We played "Dracula" together in Canada on the horrifying night that Al Gore won the election and then didn't. Then...

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Out of Somewhere

Monday, September 03, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we take an in-depth look at new recordings from Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vivian Fung, and Philip Glass. It’s Glass’s The Passion of Ramakrishna that’s our current Album of the Week as we enter a weeklong festival of the composer: Music of Constant Change.

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'The Passion of Ramakrishna' by Philip Glass

Monday, September 03, 2012

Philip Glass began composing for organ early in his career, and in a way, he never really stopped: His orchestration bears a resemblance to the tradition of Bruckner or Franck, treating the sections of the orchestra like the stops on an organ.

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Palpably Organic: Keyboard Glass

Monday, September 03, 2012

Let’s face it — the piano is organic to Philip Glass. His palpable patterns ring and echo with nostalgia and exuberance. He connects directly to our emotions with those gentle triadic, undulating piano figurations and trademark harmonic changes.

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Notes from the Beach with Einstein's Helga Davis

Friday, August 31, 2012

About a week ago I got on the subway at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue and saw it — the advertisement for Einstein on the Beach which will be part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival.

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Giveaways: Philip Glass Boxed Set and Grab Bags

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Throughout Music of Constant Change, Q2 Music will offer several chances to win exciting, essential recordings from Philip Glass's extensive catalog.

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Really Old & Really New with Scott Johnson

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

This week's mixtape comes courtesy of guitarist and composer Scott Johnson who has, for the last 30 odd years, explored the parallels of speech and music while straddling the worlds of popular and classical music.

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Grand Band: Six Piano Takes on Glass, Reich and Wolfe

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On August 7, Grand Band - New York's new six-piano supergroup - convened for their second-ever gig, featuring music by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe and more.

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Post-Minimalism For A Post-Celebration

Monday, August 27, 2012

The champagne may be flat but we're still riding the celebratory wave of birthday boy Philip Glass's 75th by exploring the fertile genre of post-minimalism that he helped inspire. Tune in this week at 11 am and pm for reworkings, reinventions and revampings of Glass-brand minimalism.

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Music Married to Rhythm

Monday, August 27, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we sample new recordings of works by Bartók, Balakirev, Beata Moon, and Philip Glass. We also go in-depth with MSR Classics’s John Cage: A Tribute, a compendium of historic re-releases of the composer’s canon in celebration of his centennial. It’s our Album of the Week.

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The Infamous, Elegant Arpeggios of Philip Glass

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Philip Glass is one of the only living classical composers, if not the only one, to have achieved any kind of popular celebrity. For people who "don't listen to classical music," his name still evokes his instantly recognizable musical signature.

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Piercing the World of John Cage

Friday, August 24, 2012

While somewhat overwhelming to stomach in a single listen, pianist Joshua Pierce's “John Cage: A Tribute” is one of the most powerful and listenable cross-sections of Cage’s work to date.

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'Melody Tucked Within Textures' with Anna Clyne

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

This week's mixtape comes from the Chicago Symphony’s composer-in-residence Anna Clyne, who has been commissioned by ETHEL, Metropolis Ensemble, London Sinfonietta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others.

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On-Demand Video: Philip Glass: An Hour with Einstein

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On Saturday, The Greene Space hosted a performance and conversation with Philip Glass and members of BAM's upcoming revival of his landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach. Watch it here on-demand.

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Schedule: Music of Constant Change

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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In honor of Philip Glass’s 75th birthday and Einstein on the Beach’s return to New York City, Q2 Music celebrates the iconic, paradigm-shifting composer with Music of Constant Change: A Philip Glass Festival.

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Wish Philip Glass a Happy Birthday and Win Prizes

Monday, August 20, 2012

We want you to be part of our Philip Glass festival. Help us celebrate Glass's 75th birthday and the upcoming revival of his landmark opera Einstein on the Beach by calling in a story about your favorite piece of his. We'll then play your message during the festival, and you'll be automatically entered to win some special prizes. 

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The Almost Unbearable Heaviness of Viktor Ullmann

Monday, August 20, 2012

As the circumstances of composer Viktor Ullmann's life became more brutal, his music only became lovelier, more polished, and more playful this new recording indicates.

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Mythical Sounds, Historical Figures

Monday, August 20, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we give a listen to new recordings from Magnus Lindberg, Per Norgard, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Bent Lorentzen, and — on our current album of the week — Viktor Ullmann.

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