7 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There are repetitions aplenty here, naturally. But by the time Glass sat down to record these piano pieces, he’d already begun to stray beyond the hardcore tenets of minimalism that he had helped develop in the '70s. His experience with operatic writing is clear throughout: The gorgeously lyrical “Wichita Sutra Vortex” (whose namesake is an Allen Ginsberg poem) became a staple of the contemporary repertoire shortly after this album was issued. There are more metrically precise readings of “Metamorphosis” available, but the composer’s own slightly ramshackle technique has a charm that will never be topped.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There are repetitions aplenty here, naturally. But by the time Glass sat down to record these piano pieces, he’d already begun to stray beyond the hardcore tenets of minimalism that he had helped develop in the '70s. His experience with operatic writing is clear throughout: The gorgeously lyrical “Wichita Sutra Vortex” (whose namesake is an Allen Ginsberg poem) became a staple of the contemporary repertoire shortly after this album was issued. There are more metrically precise readings of “Metamorphosis” available, but the composer’s own slightly ramshackle technique has a charm that will never be topped.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

JonnyToboe ,

Amazing

Philip Glass' music is simply gorgeous. The haunting - yet simple - themes will captivate you and lull you into a trance of wonder. This album does not disappoint. It's great music to listen to when you're in a blue mood, when you're working, or when you're in the mood for something amazing. I recommend anyone to experience the wonder that is Philip Glass.

FancyPantsNJ ,

Haunting, meditative and gorgeous

Based on the little I knew about Philip Glass before I heard this recording, I thought I was in for repetitive, grating music. I was pleased to discover that my preconceptions (as preconceptions often are) were dead wrong. "Solo Piano" is a calming piece of music. It is the thing I listen to most when I am working. Listening to the record feels like meditation, as though one is hearing a stream flow over rocks. It is quite beautiful and an ideal introduction to Glass.

MrBuendia100 ,

Glass Perfection

This collection is the perfect thing to listen to for those who are just discovering the beauty of Glass. His transforming minimalist structures create a sound so profoundly peaceful, you'll be haunted by it long after you've turned off your iPod.

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