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Philip Glass’ “Symphony No. 12 “Lodger”” published today on digital platforms.

Philip Glass, one of the greatest living composers, celebrates his eighty-fifth birthday on Monday, 31 January, and the Brno Filharmonie will be among those joining in the celebrations. Its artistic director and chief conductor is Dennis Russell Davies, a close friend of Glass for many years, with whom he has also enjoyed a close artistic collaboration. For this reason, on the eve of Glass’s birthday, Russell Davies and his wife, the Japanese pianist Maki Namekawa, will give a piano recital in the Czech city in which they will perform three works that Glass wrote expressly for them: the Six Etudes, the Piano Sonata and the Four Movements for Two Pianos.

But before that, earlier today, Glass’ Symphony No. 12 “Lodger”, recorded for the first time by the Brno Filharmonie, has been released. “We are very honoured that, thanks to our music director’s relationship with Glass, we can join the celebrations in this way, and we are especially proud of the premiere recording,” said Marie Kučerová, director of the Filharmonie Brno, in a statement released by the orchestra.

© Photograph by Andreas H. Bitesnich, downloaded from the Brno Philharmonic website.