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Koyaanisqatsi with the New York Philharmonic – June 17th on iTunes


On June 17th, Orange Mountain Music will release an iTunes Exclusive recording of Koyaanisqatsi with Orchestra:

"Orange Mountain Music presents Koyaanisqatsi Live with Orchestra featuring the New York Philharmonic, the Philip Glass Ensemble, and the Collegiate Chorale under the direction of conductor Michael Riesman.
As part of the festivities surrounding the 75th birthday year of composer Philip Glass in 2012, the New York Philharmonic hosted two sold out evenings of "Koyaanisqatsi – Live with Orchestra," its first time performing the music of Philip Glass.
Glass composed the score for the classic film in the early 1980s and its first performance live-to-film in New York actually took place at Avery Fisher Hall with a free lance orchestra. Since that time, the Philip Glass Ensemble has been touring the piece as part of its active repertoire. In 2009 the Los Angeles Philharmonic commissioned a new arrangement of the score with full orchestra and live chorus to be performed at the Hollywood Bowl in what was Glass' Bowl debut.
This new recording captures the entire score, blending the combined forces of the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Collegiate Chorale (James Bagwell, director) and the New York Philharmonic under the baton of PGE Music Director Michael Riesman."
iTunes Pre-Order Release Date: June 12, 2014
iTunes Release Date: June 17, 2014


2 thoughts on “Koyaanisqatsi with the New York Philharmonic – June 17th on iTunes”

  1. I only found out about this recording of Koyaanisqatsi on iTunes two days ago!
    I’m glad they’re releasing a live recording.
    Any plans to release this version of Koyaanisqatsi on CD?

  2. The first Philip Glass recording I ever bought was ‘Koyaanisqatsi’; I had seen the movie ‘Powaqqatsi’ and really loved the music so I went looking in a music store for the soundtrack but could only find the cassette of ‘Koyaanisqatsi’, which I noticed was by the same composer so I decided to buy it. The music was quite different from that used in ‘Powaqqatsi’ however and at first I found some of it a bit challenging (really!) but it taught me to listen to music in a way I hadn’t previously, and opened the door to appreciating more of Glass’ earlier “minimalist” pieces, which might have remained firmly shut if not for this introduction which acted as a bridge between Glass’ early works and his later, more accessible, material. Later, I bought the CD version of the cassette recording, then the Nonesuch recording and, a few years ago, the OMM complete original soundtrack version.
    Whether I really need to get a fourth, live, version I’m not so sure about; I’m looking forward to hearing something new like the 10th Symphony. I recently discovered a video uploaded to YouTube showcasing a performance of ‘Harmonium Mountain’ by the “All-Star Orchestra” (paired with Beethoven’s 5th!) which would make a great companion to a recording of the 10th. Here’s the link:

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