Hymn to the sun Akhnaten by Philip Glass

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWdIzA1SuC0

Countertenor Paul Esswood performs Akhnaten’s Hymn To The Sun in German in Achim Freyer’s original 1984 production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. Saw this years later in the old „Flughafen Tempelhof“ hangars. Left a deep impression on me.

Update 6. January 2016: The version mentioned above has vanished from the web. It’s a great recording and I hope to be able to relink it one day. If you ever get your hands on it… watch it. In the mean time I linked this post to another version.

Photoshop’ed image from the original performance in Stuttgart (1984), Achim Freyer

Update 26. July 2016: Found the documentary that contained the original version to „Hymn to the sun“. You can see that part in a dedicated blog posting to the said documentary towards the end (paid content at Vimeo).

Philip Glass

Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American composer and pianist. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century. Glass's work has been associated with minimalism, being built up from repetitive phrases and shifting layers. Glass describes himself as a composer of "music with repetitive structures", which he has helped evolve stylistically.Glass founded the Philip Glass Ensemble, with which he still performs on keyboards. He has written numerous operas and musical theatre works, twelve symphonies, eleven concertos, eight string quartets and various other chamber music, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards.
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Akhnaten (opera)

Akhnaten is an opera in three acts based on the life and religious convictions of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV), written by the American composer Philip Glass in 1983. The libretto is by Philip Glass in association with Shalom Goldman, Robert Israel, Richard Riddell and Jerome Robbins. Akhnaten was commissioned by Württembergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart and had its world premiere on March 24, 1984, at the Stuttgart State Theatre, under the German title Echnaton. Paul Esswood sang the title role, German director Achim Freyer staged the opera in an abstract style with highly ritualistic movements. The American premiere, directed by David Freeman, was on October 12, 1984, at the Houston Grand Opera, where Glass's opera The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 also premiered. The UK premiere, based on the American production, was on June 17, 1985 by English National Opera at the London Coliseum. This production was revived at the London Coliseum in March 1987. The award-winning Polish premiere, directed by Henryk Baranowski, was on May 20, 2000 at the Grand Theatre in Łódź. A new co-production by English National Opera and LA Opera and in collaboration with Improbable...
Definition from Wikipedia – Akhnaten (opera)

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