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  • Glass's career-making 1976 opera, a collaboration with avant-garde impresario Robert Wilson, was revolutionary then, revered now. "It's not (just) an artifact of its era, it's timeless," says the New York Times. "Einstein must be seen and re-seen, encountered and savored ... an experience to cherish for a lifetime." This "properly hypnotic" 1993 recording, says the Washington Post, is "more complete than the first recording and superior in both performance and sound." The three-CD set was reissued in January 2012 to coincide with Glass's 75th birthday and a rare international tour of the opera.

  • Kundun, filmmaker Martin Scorsese's 1997 biography of the Dalai Lama, was a labor of love for both the director and composer. The Village Voice praised the "caressing intensity" of Glass's score: "A mere phrase can insinuate a range of feeling, from poignancy to majesty."

  • Glass contributes the score to the 1996 adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel by Oscar-winning writer-director Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons). "Mining a mysterious, darkly lyrical vein," says Billboard, "Glass has fashioned for the soundtrack some of his most alluring, involving music since his Violin Concerto."

  • This evening-length piece, presented here on three CDs, was written between 1971 and 1974 and represents, according to Glass himself, the culmination of his Minimalist period. The New York Times calls it "monumental" and recommends this set as the best recorded version of Glass's landmark work.

  • Glass created this groundbreaking "opera for ensemble and film," to be performed live in tandem with Jean Cocteau's movie classic. Even so, this two-disc recording, says the Washington Post, "proves that the music stands remarkably well on its own."

  • Among these four performances is Quartet No. 5, the first piece Glass wrote especially for Kronos. “It contains some of Mr. Glass's best music since Koyaanisqatsi,” says the New York Times. “His ear for sumptuous string sonorities is undeniable.”

  • This seminal, album-length work from 1970, performed by the young Philip Glass Ensemble, debuted on CD in this 1994 edition. Said Rolling Stone, "Glass' early works have long been cult classics ... Now, they've finally been released on CD—and they've lost none of their raucous power."

  • Despite their having now earned a place in the repertory, the unbridled audacity of these groundbreaking early works by Glass cannot be overestimated. Reductive in form, melodic content, and harmonic language, they present a strikingly original compositional perspective that marked the beginning of the rise of the Minimalist aesthetic that came to dominate the American musical landscape.

  • The 1992 documentary Anima Mundi marks Glass's third collaboration with filmmaker Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi). They revisit the environmental themes of their previous work and its hypnotic intertwining of music and image. The New York Times called the film "a spectacular sequence of cinematic portraits of wildlife" and praised Glass's "propulsive music."

  • Allen Ginserg serves as narrator and librettist for this 1990 music/theatre collaboration, an impressionistic portrait of America. The Washington Post says, "Glass generates a focused emotional intensity ... but does not let the music get in the way of the agonizingly eloquent words."

  • Documentarian Errol Morris reconstructs/questions the circumstances of a Dallas murder case in a film that haunts and disturbs. The Washington Post notes, "The Philip Glass score and the stylized lighting help transform the movie into an arena for the somber contemplation of the fallibility of perception."