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post #31 of 39
Another vote for the violin concerto. Kick-ass piece!

String quartets are also good as are the operas. Personally I've found the symphonies disappointing, but maybe that's just me.
post #32 of 39
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I will also give the thumbs up for The Hours and The Illusionist . Excellent soundtracks for excellent movies.
x2 on both.
post #33 of 39
Has anybody heard his Dracula album, played by Kronos?
post #34 of 39
This is a stupid question, but I have to ask: why, when Glass has written such beauties as Akhnaten, The Light, solo piano pieces etc, why d'you think he composed so many soundtracks? I wonder if his music by its very nature just lends itself to this so he gets lots of requests/commissions. Anyone know what the soundtrack percentage of his work is? It seems a lot, but I may well be wrong.

I am a huge admirer, btw, and am not knocking Glass here!
post #35 of 39
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This is a stupid question, but I have to ask: why, when Glass has written such beauties as Akhnaten, The Light, solo piano pieces etc, why d'you think he composed so many soundtracks? I wonder if his music by its very nature just lends itself to this so he gets lots of requests/commissions. Anyone know what the soundtrack percentage of his work is? It seems a lot, but I may well be wrong.

I am a huge admirer, btw, and am not knocking Glass here!
Unfortunately composers don't get paid alot for commisioned works such as operas and instrumental works etc.

In film on the other hand a composer can make pretty big bucks in a short space of time. The other big earner believe it or not is writing for computer games!

I don't know if this is the reason but it could be a factor. And he does write great film scores!
post #36 of 39
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Has anybody heard his Dracula album, played by Kronos?
Very generic Glass; not the one to keep.
post #37 of 39
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Update: I got 3 of the 4 PG CDs I ordered thanks to the recommendations and I wanted to give some impressions. These are still very prelim. Glass Works is a keeper, I knew it from the first track. There is good variety on this too. To me this is the perfect first PG exp. Solo Piano is very strong too. I love solo jazz piano and this is very similar. The themes are great.

Powaqqatsi I am struggling with. To me it plays too much like a movie soundtrack. I am not sure on its own it works for me.

I am still waiting on the Hours and for some reason I am most looking forward to this one.

Thanks again for the recommendations.
post #38 of 39
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Mishima soundtrack, which is like a sound system demo disk with strong melodies and rhythms. I'm also surprised that no one has posted to this thread in six years, but I guess I'm new to behaviors in such forums.
post #39 of 39

Brilliant Classics's Minimal Piano Collection, performed by Jeroen van Veen, has 3 fairly well-filled discs dedicated to Philip Glass -- most of his early piano works are here (though not the more recent Piano Etudes).  Also included are many interesting works by other composers.  Sound is a bit too close-miked for my taste, but the set is pretty good value if you shop around.

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