- Performer: The Philip Glass Ensemble
- Conductor: Michael Riesman
- Composer: Philip Glass
- Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Box set
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- Label: Nonesuch
- ASIN: B000005J29
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Glass: Music in Twelve Parts Box set
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This magisterial three-disc set was recorded over a period of four months, during the year 1993. Though there have been subtle changes in the personnel of Mr. Glass's ensemble over the years, there have now been close to twenty years of performance experience with the twelve individual sections of the work. Or as Glass puts it: "Now we know the language and we're fluent in it".
An epochal three hour and twenty-six minute work, "Music with Twelve Parts" is intended to be heard in one sitting, without distractions of any kind. Indeed, preparing a time and place for such an intensive immersion, in this day and age, can be seen to be a type of rarefied art work, all on its own. In 1968, as Glass fondly recalls, "it was easy to find people to listen to this music every Thursday night, because nobody had anything else to do anyway".
In early days of 2004, however, listening to this ecstatic work, with its systematic augmentation and contraction of harmony, is Glass's way of "making serious fun not only with other people, but with myself as well". "Music with Twelve Parts" is a compelling and original musical statement that will inspire earnest listeners for many years to come.
1.) Make sure that you have enough money to purchase this extraordinary piece of music. While the three discs which make up this piece of music may tend to be categorized as "box set," in truth, this is no compilation of Philip Glass's greatest hits or rarities. Instead, what you receive is the singular, defining greatest 'hit' of Glass' repetoire.
2.) Set aside at least 3 hours and 26 minutes of your day to sit and listen to this piece of music uninterrupted as it will take at least that long to make it through all three discs. "Music In Twelve Parts" is a single piece of music, just like Mozart's "Requiem" or Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," and while one is capable of listening to the individual parts out of sequence, doing so would ruin the intended effect of the piece of music as a whole.
3.) Listen with open ears and an open mind. One of the problems many people face when meeting Glass for the first time is that they are confronted in an ugly sort of way that Philip Glass does not sound like the traditional composers, like Beethoven, Debussy, or even Brahms, and he doesn't even sound atonal, like Boulez, Messiaen, or Schoenberg: many realize that Glass is in a category wholly removed from these composers, and they tend to not like it because they were expecting something else. I say this because not only was this my first perception of Glass, but it's also the same sort of response I meet in others, such as friends or family, when introducing them to the work of Philip Glass.
Glass' early work, especially Music in Twelve Parts is riddled with arpeggios.Read more ›
It is as good as, but different than, the older recording of these pieces, in my opinion. The technology and performance virtuousity are improved over the original recording, but there is also some heart and soul lost, compared to the original.
In this regard it is similar to the newer recording of "Einstein on the Beach", compared to the original recording of that work.
Both the original and the newer one stand on their own, for different reasons, with different relative strengths and weaknesses.
I would definitely get both; I listen to both and enjoy both.
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I love Philip Glass. I listened to the Koyaanisqatsi soundtrack for six months straight. I love Glassworks. I have several soundtracks and enjoy them all. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Dan Steely
This is the original version of Philip Glass's magnum opus (well, one of many magnum opuses) Music in Twelve Parts. Read morePublished on March 30, 2008 by Grigory's Girl
Orange Mountain Music, a label created by Kurt Munkacsi, producer of most Philip Glass recordings, re-[re]-releases a new recording of the classic Music In Twelve Parts as a set of... Read morePublished on January 20, 2008 by Headphone Commute
It takes a person with stamina to be able to listen to Music in 12 Parts in one or several sittings. I am not a musician so I can only peripherally enjoy the musicianship. Read morePublished on February 5, 2007 by mhouse
I always seem to discover something new each time I put one of these discs in. Repetitive, mathematical, and frenetic. Great background music. Read morePublished on March 29, 2006 by Jason Merlo
Most composers are lucky to have one masterpiece; Philip Glass has the good fortune to have two: "Music in Twelve Parts" and "Einstein on the Beach."Published on December 14, 2005 by Lee
i think the problem most people have with this set, and minimalist music in general, is that they don't understand the function of repetition in it. Read morePublished on January 23, 2005 by me
En cierto modo, Music in Twelve Parts podrían llamarse Las Variaciones Goldberg de Glass.
Si te gusta el Glass 'duro' de Einstein on the Beach, de seguro que esta... Read more