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.

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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. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century.
Definition from Wikipedia – Philip Glass

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 minimalist composer Philip Glass in 1983. The libretto is by Philip Glass in association with Shalom Goldman, Robert Israel, Richard Riddell and Jerome Robbins.
Definition from Wikipedia – Akhnaten (opera)

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