Philip Glass Announces New Piano Album Philip Glass Solo

Philip Glass Announces New Piano Album Philip Glass Solo

The composer calls the collection “a reflection on decades of composition and practice”

Philip Glass

Philip Glass (Photo by Arturo Bejar)

Philip Glass has announced a new piano album called Philip Glass Solo. It’s due out January 26 via Orange Mountain Music and will be available in digital formats as well as a condensed, limited vinyl edition. Check out the full track list, album art, and a preview clip of Glass performing at his home below.

Recorded at his home studio in New York from 2020-2021, the album comprises a track from his 1982 album Glassworks, multiple movements of his solo piano piece “Metamorphosis,” an organ piece composed for the Dalai Lama in 1978, and a reworked version of “Truman Sleeps” from his score for the 1998 film The Truman Show.

Of the new album, Glass said in a statement:

“This record revisits my works for piano. From 2020-2021, I had time at home to practice the works I have played for many years. This record is both a time capsule of 2021, and a reflection on decades of composition and practice. In other words, a document on my current thinking about the music. There is also the question of place. 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.”

Revisit Pitchfork’s review of Glass’ 2018 performance of “Music in 12 Parts.”

Philip Glass – Philip Glass Solo

01 Opening
02 Mad Rush
03 Metamorphosis I
04 Metamorphosis II
05 Metamorphosis III
06 Metamorphosis V
07 Truman Sleeps

The album art for Philip Glass Solo

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