In addition to the recent NY Times review of the new OMM recording of Book of Longing, as well as their review of its New York Premiere this summer, Allan Kozinn chose Book of Longing as one of his choices for the best in classical music this year:
"GLASS: ‘BOOK OF LONGING’
Leonard Cohen, speaker; vocalists, instrumental ensemble, conducted by Michael Riesman (Orange Mountain Music).
Leonard Cohen’s poetry is spare, direct and dryly amusing, with
undercurrents of quirky religiosity offset by the unabashedly carnal:
traits that, in varying degrees, drive Philip Glass’s music as well. In setting 22 of Mr. Cohen’s poems, Mr. Glass has produced some of his best and most varied recent work."