Philip Glass Ensemble share first-ever recording of Music in Eight Parts

The first time the work has been publically available for 50 years.

The Philip Glass Ensemble have released the first-ever recording of the composer’s Music in Eight Parts. Originally written and performed in 1970, the manuscript was believed to have been lost until it was rediscovered at Christie’s Auction House in New York in 2017.

The Philip Glass Ensemble originally planned a series of concerts to mark the 50th anniversary of the work this year, but due to the Covid19 pandemic, these shows could not take place. Instead, the group have recorded a performance of the music from their homes and have released the results today, allowing the public to hear Music in Eight Parts for the first time in 50 years.

Philip Glass was due to perform at Dekmantel this year, before the event was postponed.

Watch a trailer for the album above and listen in full here.