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There are repetitions aplenty here, naturally. But by the time Glass sat down to record these piano pieces, he’d already begun to stray beyond the hardcore tenets of minimalism that he had helped develop in the '70s. His experience with operatic writing is clear throughout: The gorgeously lyrical “Wichita Sutra Vortex” (whose namesake is an Allen Ginsberg poem) became a staple of the contemporary repertoire shortly after this album was issued. There are more metrically precise readings of “Metamorphosis” available, but the composer’s own slightly ramshackle technique has a charm that will never be topped.


Born: 31 January 1937 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Philip Glass was unquestionably among the most innovative and influential composers of the 20th century. Postmodern music's most celebrated and high-profile proponent, his myriad orchestral works, operas, film scores, and dance pieces proved essential to the development of ambient and new age sounds, and his fusions of Western and world musics were among the earliest and most successful global experiments of their kind. Born in Baltimore, MD, on January 31, 1937, Glass took up the flute at the...
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