(POINT MUSIC CD, 1993)
Glass’s attempts to engage with pop forms haven’t always come off – 1983′s Songs For Liquid Days, based on lyrics by David Byrne, Suzanne Vega, Paul Simon and Laurie Anderson, being his most high-profile creative disaster.
Interestingly, his successes in this field have occurred when he’s tackled more obviously electronic music – as in his orchestration of Aphex Twin’s ‘Icct Hedral’ for the Donkey Rhubarb EP (Warp, 1995), or his symphonic sketches based on David Bowie’s Eno-midwifed Low and “Heroes”. Of the Bowie/Eno tributes it’s the former that’s most worth hearing, if only because it highlights the unimprovable grandeur of the originals – ‘Subterraneans’, ‘Some Are’ and ‘Warszawa’.
With the release of Low Symphony, a circle was completed. Some 22 years earlier, Bowie and Eno had been present at a performance of Music In Changing Parts at London’s Royal College Of Art, an experience which must surely have influenced their groundbreaking work together.