Philip Glass Solo is a moving collection that masterfully showcases the legendary composer performing some of his most enduring and beloved piano works for an audience of one - himself.
Recorded during the pandemic, Philip Glass, a true maestro, found solace in revisiting the echoes of his past. The result is a deeply personal record, a testament to a lifetime dedicated to the art of composition, and a reflection of his daily ritual of practice that has spanned over eight decades. In the confines of his home studio in New York, Glass, now 86, took a journey through time, rediscovering and occasionally reacquainting himself with his older piano compositions. This was not a mere musical exercise but a personal endeavor, as he played for an audience of one – himself. The record captures the essence of these intimate moments, offering listeners a glimpse into the very soul of the storied musician.
Reflecting on the creative process, Glass shares, "This record revisits my works for piano. From 2020-2021, I had time at home to practice the works I have not played for many years." The album becomes a time capsule of the tumultuous year, encapsulating the nuances of Glass' life during the pandemic. It stands as a reflection on decades of composition and practice, a musical odyssey that spans a lifetime. The piano, in this context, becomes more than an instrument – it's a companion, a witness to Glass' artistic evolution. "This is my piano, the instrument on which most of the music was written," he notes. The setting, too, adds another layer to the music. The same room where Glass has worked for decades, immersed in the vibrant energy that New York City offers, becomes an integral part of the recording. The quiet hum of the city serves as a backdrop, and the influence of time and memory is palpable.
Glass acknowledges the significance of place, stating, "The listener may hear the quiet hum of New York in the background or feel the influence of time and memory that this space affords." With a deliberate intention, he invites the listener into this sacred space, making the record not just a musical offering but a sensory experience. It's an opportunity to connect with the very essence of Glass' creative sanctuary, a recording that transcends the boundaries of time and place.