Philip Glass Heroes Symphony on Import 180g LP
From the Music of David Bowie & Brian Eno
Available on Vinyl for the First Time!
Heroes Symphony is a symphony composed by Philip Glass in 1996 and based on David Bowie's second Berlin Trilogy album Heroes (1977) with Brian Eno. Glass also based his 1992 Low Symphony on the Bowie/Eno album, Low (1977). The album includes the Heroes Symphony performed by the American Composers Orchestra, directed by Michael Riesman and conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.
Like Low before it, Heroes was one of Bowie's most experimental and avant-garde records, so it made sense that Glass would follow the Low Symphony with the Heroes Symphony, adapting Bowie and Eno's original, minimalistic synthesized sketches for full orchestra. Surprisingly, Glass' arrangements and orchestrations emphasize the icy allure of the original compositions, and the shimmering, glassy textures sound coldly beautiful.
"Heroes, like the Low Symphony of several years ago, is based on the work of David Bowie and Eno. In a series of innovative recordings made in the late 70's, David and Brian combined influences from world music, experimental avant-garde, and rock & roll and thereby redefined the future of popular music. The continuing influence of these works has secured their stature as part of the new "classics" of our time. Just as composers of the past have turned to music of their time to fashion new works, the work of Bowie and Eno became an inspiration and point of departure for a series of symphonies of my own." - Philip Glass
Philip Glass Heroes Symphony Track Listing:
3. Sense of Doubt
4. Sons of the Silent Age
6. V2 Schneider