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Philip Glass Works for Piano – Program A
Composed by Philip Glass
Performed by Philip Glass, Anton Batagov, and Jenny Lin
An all-Glass program performed by Philip Glass and two guest pianists featuring recent composition for solo piano and new arrangements of classic Glass works.
This piece was originally composed for music from the motion picture The Hours, and later arranged in the form of a three movement piano concert by Michael Riesman.
This piece was originally composed for music from the motion picture The Hours, adapted from the novel by Michael Cunningham and directed by Stephen Daldry.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and, while there, earned money by transcribing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation. By 1974, Glass had a number of innovative projects creating a large collection of new music for The Philip Glass Ensemble and for the Mabou Mines Theater Company. This period culminated in Music in Twelve Parts and the landmark opera Einstein on the Beach, for which he collaborated with Robert Wilson. Since Einstein, Glass has expanded his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra and film. His scores have received Academy Award nominations (Kundun, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and a Golden Globe (The Truman Show). In the past few years several new works were unveiled including an opera on the death of Walt Disney, The Perfect American (co-commissioned by Teatro Real, Madrid and the English National Opera), a new touring production of Einstein, the publication of Glass’s memoir, Words Without Music, by Liveright Books, and the premiere of the revised version of Glass’ opera Appomattox, in collaboration with librettist Christopher Hampton, by the Washington National Opera in November 2015.
Glass celebrated his 80th birthday on January 31, 2017 with the world premiere of Symphony No. 11 at Carnegie Hall. His 80th birthday season featured programming around the globe, including the U.S. premieres of operas The Trial and The Perfect American, and world premieres of several new works, including Piano Concerto No. 3 and String Quartet No. 8.
In 2015, Glass received the U.S. National Medal of Arts and the 11th Glenn Gould Prize. He was honored with the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair from Carnegie Hall for the 2017-2018 season. Glass received the 41st Kennedy Center Honors in December 2018.
On January 10th, 2019, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will present the world premiere of Glass’ Symphony No. 12, based on David Bowie’s album Lodger and a completion of three symphonies based on Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy. Glass continues to perform solo piano and chamber music evenings with world renowned musicians, and regularly appears with the Philip Glass Ensemble.
Anton Batagov is a Russian composer and pianist, who is one of the most influential Russian musicians of our time.
As a performer, Batagov introduced the music of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass to Russian audiences. His debut CD, a 160-minute recording of Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'Enfant Jesus (1990), became a major sensation. Three years later Richard Kostelanetz characterized his 1993 recording of Bach’s "The Art of the Fugue" as "the most stunning interpretation of Bach since Glenn Gould." In 1997 Batagov stopped performing live, and since then, he had been focusing on composition and studio recordings for 12 years.
As a composer, Batagov has his own unique voice. The post-minimalist language of his compositions is rooted in the harmonic and rhythmic patterns of Russian church bells and folk songs seamlessly mixed with the spirit of Buddhist philosophy and the dynamic pulse of early Soviet avant-garde. His discography includes over 40 albums. Batagov is the author of several movie soundtracks, and original music for major Russian TV channels.
In 2009, after twelve years of seclusion, he returned to live performances. Since then, he has been performing a series of unique solo piano programs. The critics and audiences call his recitals "a revelation", "a work of enlightened person".
Anton Batagov has been performing works of Philip Glass for over 25 years. Three albums are available on Orange Mountain Music: Prophecies (his piano arrangements of scenes from Einstein on the Beach and Koyaanisqatsi); The complete Etudes; The Hours/Distant figure (music from The Hours and a composition written by Philip Glass for and premiered by Anton Batagov.
Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. She has been acclaimed for her “remarkable technical command” and “a gift for melodic flow” by The New York Times. The Washington Post praises “Lin’s confident fingers… spectacular technique… “, “…surely one of the most interesting pianists in America right now…” and Gramophone Magazine has hailed her as “an exceptionally sensitive pianist”. Her orchestral engagements have included the American Symphony Orchestra, NDR and SWR German Radio orchestras, and Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale della RAI. Her concerts have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, MoMA, and National Gallery of Art, appearing at Festivals such as Mostly Mozart, BAM’s Next Wave, Spoleto/USA, Kings Place London, Chopin Festival Austria, and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Germany.
Since 2000, Jenny’s celebrated discography includes more than 30 recordings on Steinway & Sons, Hänssler Classic, eOne, BIS, New World and Albany Records. She is also the central figure in “Cooking for Jenny” by Elemental Films, a musical documentary portraying her journey to Spain. Other media appearances include CBS Sunday Morning, NPR Performance Today, and “Speaking for Myself”, a film about Manhattan as seen through the eyes of eight contemporary artists by filmmaker Bert Shapiro. Born in Taiwan and raised in Austria, Jenny studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the Fondazione Internazionale per il pianoforte in Como, Italy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in German literature from The Johns Hopkins University.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season include tours throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America; her debut in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series; and the release of Melody’s Mostly Musical Day, an illustrated album for children, the complete piano Etudes of Philip Glass, and the piano music of Sergei Prokofiev and Kirill Zaborov. Since 2014, she has joined Philip Glass in his ongoing world tour of his complete Piano Etudes. Jenny is a Steinway Artist. www.jennylin.net