(The Glass Birthday Cake)
Needless to say, I’ve been preoccupied with many things over the past week. The most immediately newsworthy was the US premiere and iTunes release of the Ninth Symphony. Right before that, during, and after there have been a number of pieces on Philip Glass which I’ll attempt to list below:
A preview piece by the Daily News’ Paul Pelkonen
The Los Angeles Times’ Culture Monster Reports on the recording of Glass’ new symphony which came in at No.15 on the iTunes Pop Charts, No.1 on the Classical Charts
The New York TImes’ Allan Kozinn reviews the Carnegie Hall US premiere of Symphony No.9, as well as the recording of the work by the Bruckner Orchester Linz
Matthew Guerrieri from the Boston Globe reports on the gala and symphony premiere
Two Days Earlier the New York Times’ Kozinn also attended Glass’ Birthday Party at New York’s club Le Poisson Rouge
NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas talks Symphony No.9 and the Glass birthday party at LPR
from the Huffington Post
Writer Justin Davidson repeats that he doesn’t like Philip Glass – with the one exception of Songs & Poems, Glass’ only good piece.
New York’s Classical Radio Station WQXR posted this piece on Glass’ operas
VH1’s Blog has the story and a photo of Soundcheck’s John Schaefer honoring the composer with his own cookie puss ice cream cake.
The Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop performed Glass’ LIFE: A Journey Through Time in the composer’s native Baltimore
A piece on the Glimmerglass production of Orphée which has been making the rounds and is now touring Virgina. The funny part about this article is that it says “in only the fifth ever American production.” This is totally bizarre since most operas are lucky to get one production.
Lindsay Christians review of Madison Opera’s new production of Glass’ opera Galileo.
Her follow up article titled “Galileo maps the Universe of a Scientist and Philosopher.
In another review, reviewer William R. Wineke writes in his review:
“Since the score, vintage Glass, basically consists of a few notes played over and over for 90 minutes, they all did a remarkable job. My wife did not think the score was boring. She likes Philip Glass. And, to be honest, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.”
North Carolina Opera produced Glass’ Les Enfants Terribles. Brian Howe reports
And I have a vague distant memory of something having to do with Einstein on the Beach happening only two weeks ago.
And anyone watching the Super Bowl yesterday might have caught this music in the background: