Glass: The Hours, Distant Figure / Bagatov
Label: Orange Mountain
Russian pianist builds on his two previous release of piano works by Philip Glass with his newest release THE HOURS/DISTANT FIGURE. Glass s 2002 Academy Nominated score to the Richard Eyre film The Hours, starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore, remains a high-water mark in Glass s commercial film output. The score, composed for piano, string orchestra was heralded as a new period in Glass s music which represented an overt turn towards Romanticism. The solo piano version was embraced by pianists everywhere as some of Glass s most approachable music. Anton Batagov has worked extensively with Glass s label Orange Mountain Music including his own arrangements of Glass' music from the composer s early career including tracks from Koyaanisqatsi and Einstein on the Beach. This was followed with an impressive survey of the entirety of Glass Two Books of Piano Etudes LIVE IN MOSCOW. This new release presents the score to THE HOURS but also the first available recording of Glass s newest work for piano DISTANT FIGURE (Passacaglia for Solo Piano) which Batagov premiered in Denmark in 2017 in the presence of the composer. Distant Figure marks Glass s first work for solo piano in five years and is a melancholy tour de force.