Philip Glass has had a huge 70th-birthday year, and now he's sharing his good fortune. Head over to Glass Notes, the official Glass blog, and you can download free of charge an exclusive unplugged performance of "Raising the Sail," a cue from Glass's score for The Truman Show, taped live in Gmuden, Austria during the late '90s.
The performance, according to blogmeister Richard Guerin, comes from one of three European concerts at which Glass and his group played acoustic. The explanation:
In the late 1990's the Philip Glass Ensemble had arranged a European tour in which there was not enough time for the group to transport its considerable gear from city to city. To compensate, they agreed to play 3 performances "unplugged" in which they played classic PGE repertoire acoustically. Until now, only those who attended those shows had ever heard this music performed in such a way.
It's a quiet, understated track with an appealing mix of timbres; those tubular bells take me right back to Glass's score for Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. How about some domestic dates?
And more importantly, what about Part 12 of the iTunes exclusive Music in 12 Parts?
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