My apologies for being quiet for almost a week. The end of summer is
approaching and I'm happy to report it's become pleasant weather-wise
in New York and a slight coolness has entered the air which brings me
great joy as we head into an autumn that promises two large premieres
after a very quiet period.
KEPLER will be brought into the world in eighteen days at the Landestheater Linz on September 20 (then at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November.) I look very forward to Glass' first opera since Appomattox and a return toward figures of science (Einstein, Galileo, The Light).
I think i's safe to say that science is a very fertile subject for the
composer. Just the period of gestation being much more abundant
promises good things.
On the recording front, here is the cover of the long awaited first recording of the Seventh Symphony "A TOLTEC SYMPHONY."
Composed in 2004, I can't recall an instance where a Glass symphony had
to wait this long for a recording. It may have to do with the fact that
Dennis Russell Davies was not the conductor who premiered the piece and
didn't soon after make a recording. Who knows. The important thing is
that it is finally arriving in 2009. It will be presented by Orange Mountain Music
firstly as an iTunes Exclusive for a certain period of time(in
September), to be followed by release on Amazon (October), and in
stores before the end of the year in time for the Bruckner Orchester
Linz US tour (during which they will play the Toltec Symphony at UNC.)
piece which is heard on the Orange Mountain Music recording has been
substantially revised. For those who heard the BBC Proms recording,
they presented the revised version. Most of the revisions were made to
the third movement. Here's to the Toltec!