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Philip Glass To Complete Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy With Lodger: Symphony No. 12

Here’s a bit of Random Notes for you that I thought some of you may be interested in. It’s not an announcement of an album on the calendar, but rather an announcement of an album that will soon be on the calendar. It’s particularly interesting news in that it announces the completion of the Bowie Berlin Trilogy as musically interpreted by the inimitable Philip Glass.

Previously, Philip Glass has released Low: Symphony No. 1 (1992), and Heroes: Symphony No. 4 (1996), both more than twenty years ago, and both based on the Bowie albums of the same name. It has always been on the mind of Philip Glass to complete the Bowie/Eno trilogy with Lodger (1979). Recently, Glass announced the premiere of the new symphony to be played at Southbank Centre in May of 2019. It will be Glass’ twelfth symphony.  It will be performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra (with organist, James McVinnie), and conducted by Hugh Brunt and Robert Ames. The complete work has been co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, and will have its World premiere in Los Angeles (after the London performance).

     

When Lodger: Symphony No. 12 is officially released on CD, LP, and DD, is anyone’s guess. But it is exciting news to tuck into your soul for the time being.

Sidenote but essential is the fact that today is the 81st birthday of Philip Glass. Happy birthday, dear magician!

 

24CD Box, The Complete Sony Recordings, To Celebrate Philip Glass 80th

Celebrating the 80th birthday of noted composer, Philip Glass, Sony Masterworks will be releasing a massive 24CD Box of every Philip Glass recording for Sony. And there are gems in here!

The Complete Sony Recordings will contain many favorites like Einstein On the Beach, Satyagraha, Glasspieces, Akhnaten, The Photographer, and more. It is too bad that many of his other classics couldn’t have found their way in such a lavish setting as this. This Limited Edition release will gift us with the first ever CD release of Glassworks – Specially Mixed for Your Personal Cassette Player. It will also present the 44-minute interview session with Glass found on Glassworks. The official Naqoyqatsi Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will also be included.

A bonus CD extra that contains recent recordings of some of Philip Glass’ works is included. What’s most exciting, besides the actual collection of music, will be the inclusion of a hard-bound book with liners notes, most written by Glass. In addition to the notes and expected photos, there will be a full breakdown of the collection, as well as a complete discography, and their accompanying notes and information.

All CDs will be housed in LP-styled cardboard sleeves with original artwork, and will be stored in a sturdy, library-worthy Box as seen in the press shot below.

The Complete Sony Recordings is on the calendar for October 28.

philip-glass-the-complete-sony-recordings-box

Also of interest for vinyl fans, Orange Mountain will be reissuing the Philip Glass + Kronos Quartet Dracula soundtrack on 180g-weight black vinyl. The new 2LP gatefold is the first time Dracula has appeared on vinyl. It’s scheduled for October 28. Only 2000 copies of this 2LP set will be available.

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New 5CD Kronos Quartet Box Celebrating Terry Riley Set for June

Kronos One EarthFor over forty years, The Kronos Quartet from Washington/San Francisco has produced an amazing array of music. The quartet (David Harrington – violin, John Sherba – violin, Hank Dutt – viola, Sunny Lang – cello. Sunny Yang is the band’s fourth replacement at cello. Kronos began with Joan Jeanrenaud, who was with them from their inception in 1973 until 1999.) has become a popular collective with well over 850 commissioned works and more than three times that in live performances. From a recorded standpoint, the Kronos Quartet have released more than sixty albums.

On June 16, Nonesuch Records (their longtime label) will release a 5CD set by Kronos Quartet called One Earth, One People, One Love – Kronos Plays Terry Riley. The music found on this set feature compositions by American composer, Terry Riley.  Terry Riley is a California-based minimalist of Western classical music. This innovative composer has a wide collection of recorded works spanning from 1963. To give you the scope of influence that Terry Riley has, it is said that the minimalist electronic organ work in “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” are Townshend’s inspired work drawn from Riley’s “A Rainbow In Curved Air”. (Check it out; it’s there!)

Of the four titles included in this set, three are previously released Nonesuch issues (the Grammy-nominated Salome Dances for Peace – 1989, 2CD; Requiem For Adam – 2001, The Cusp Of Magic – 2008). The other album, Sunrise Of The Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley is a brand new offering by Kronos recorded to celebrate the 80th birthday of Terry Riley.

For Kronos Quartet fans not wanting the entire box, or who may already be in possession of the previously released albums, Nonesuch will be making the new title, Sunrise Of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music Of Terry Riley, available separate of the box. It will share the Box release date of June 16.

Kronos Quartet Dream

I have been a fan of Kronos Quartet since their Steve Reich collaboration, Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint. As an admission, it was Tangerine Dream who opened the many doors I willingly walked through after them to become aware of artists like the Classical masters (Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Grofé, Debussy, Holst, etc), the developing classicists like Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Vangelis, etc. The list goes on and on, so thank-you, Tangerine Dream!)

If you’re an adventurous music fan, I can highly recommend the ambient classical gems like Isao Tomita (who no longer records), Philip Glass, and others like Terry Riley, whom this entire new set is based upon. I recognize that Kronos Quartet, or even Terry Riley won’t be for everyone. But if you’re that kind of fan, I hope this news brings you joy!

 

TAPSheet: Release Notes – October 28, 2014 (US Report)

On November 24, Rhino Records, in conjunction with Ryko, will re-release the 4CD, 98-song career Big Star retrospective originally released back in 2009. This represents a reformat of the title, and will make, once again, a collectible set newly available to the public. You may know this set as Keep An Eye On The Sky.

Atlantic and Parlophone will release the Coldplay live set, Ghost Stories Live 2014 on a CD/DVD edition, on the calendar for November 24.

Coldplay Ghost Stories Live 2014

Rhino Records, and Warner Brothers will also supply a reformat of the 2007 release of the 4CD, 78-track Songbird:Rare Tracks And Forgotten Gems, the richly packed career retrospective of Emmylou Harris. It is scheduled for a re-release on November 17.

Fuel Records will release The Final Sessions featuring Elmore James, planned for December 9.

Concord Records plan the release of Brazilian Nights by Kenny G, with a first quarter 2015 release pegged at January 27.

All Saints Records will reissue the 1993 Eno title, Neroli on a 2CD set planned for November 18. Other 2CD sets include Eno’s Shutov Assembly, Drop, and Nerve Net. All titles will also be reissued on vinyl LP.

Eno Neroli

Sanctuary Records have the legendary Spunk by Sex Pistols planned for release on December 9.

Sanctuary Records also plan the vinyl LP reissue of two Spiritualized titles that include Amazing Grace, and Songs in A&E.

A Carrie Underwood hits package, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, will be released on December 9 via Sony Nashville.

Carrie Underwood Greatest Hits

The new Smashing Pumpkins album, one of two expected, will release on December 9. The new title will be Monuments To An Elegy.

Evil Teen Records will release the new Gov’t Mule album, Dark Side Of The Mule, on CD, and vinyl LP scheduled for December 9.

Orange Mountain Music will release a 2CD set featuring Philip Glass called The Complete Piano Etudes. At the piano is Maki Namekawa. This 20-etudes album is slated for release on November 25.

Philip Glass The Complete Piano Etudes

There’s a lot of resistance going on there in fandom land concerning the upcoming ‘best of’ for The Who, The Who Hit Fifty!. And while another ‘best of’ featuring The Who might feel excessive, who can resist the arrival of the title in BD-Audio?! Huh?! Expect the Who Hit Fifty! on Blu-ray Audio on December 9.

The Who Hits 50