Glass CD news release

Immediate (26 February 2013)

MCO contact / Vicki Young at 204.783.7377

Subject / Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 3, The Hours released by Orange Mountain Music

NEW YORK, NY — The Orange Mountain Music label has announced the commercial release of the recording of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 3 and The Hours, available on February 26, 2013. This never before recorded piano concerto, The Hours, based on music from the film, was recorded live along with Symphony No. 3 by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Music Director, Anne Manson, on September 17, 2011 at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Ontario. Joining Manson and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra as the soloist for the piano concerto was Michael Riesman, the music director of the Philip Glass Ensemble and producer of Glass’s The Hours. Glass said of working with Riesman and Music Director Anne Manson on the recording, “Two of my favorite collaborators working together on some of the best known music I’ve composed.”

Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 3 premiered on February 5, 1995 in Kunzelsau, Germany where it was commissioned for the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Glass has explained that the piece, which was written for 19 string players, is meant to treat each musician as a soloist. Glass says, “Even given the nature of the ensemble and solo writing, it seems to have the structure of a true symphony.” Conductor Anne Manson has said, “I always love performing Philip’s music because it has a magnetic, mesmerizing effect on the audience. Some composers have supporters or enthusiasts — Philip has real fans! And for many, Philip’s music is a gateway to the world of ‘Classical’ Music.”

Philip Glass’s suite The Hours, arranged by Michael Riesman, is a concert suite for piano, strings, harp and celesta from the motion picture soundtrack to the Oscar nominated film The Hours, the 2002 film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of same title. Philip Glass explained, “It’s a film about how art affects life, which is quite rare. It’s a very challenging job for a composer. The film is very complicated, and I felt that the music could play a very important role in it, to make it comprehensible. It had to be the thread that tied the movie together.” Glass’s music from the film received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score and won a British Academy of Film and Television Award.

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The text above is from a news release issued by Lois Cohn Associates, publicists for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Orange Mountain Music. For information contact Brittnee Walker at bwalker@lcohnpr.com, 212.874.7624.

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The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s 2012/13 season is sponsored by The Great-West Life Assurance Company. Media sponsors: The Winnipeg Free Press, CBC Radio One 990, CBC Radio Two 98.3, Espace musique 89,9 and Golden West Radio. Heartstrings gala sponsor: Mann Financial Assurance Limited. Arts Outreach Program: Sun Life Financial.