- Collins Classics 13862.
- The Duke Quartet:
- Louisa Fuller: violin.
- Rick Koster: violin.
- John Metcalfe: viola.
- Ivan McCready: cello.
- Recording Producer: John H. West.
- Recording Engineer: Mike Hatch.
- Recorded at All Saints Church, East Finchley, April 1993.
- Music Publishers: Philip Glass - Chester Music Limited.
1-3. Samuel Barber "String Quartet, Op.11" (17:32).
4-7. Antonin Dvorak "String Quartet in F major, Op.96 'American'" (25:19).
8-10. Philip Glass "String Quartet No. 1" (17:37).
8. Part One (8.44).
9. (Ambient Pause) (1.54).
10. Part Two (6.59).
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As well as the early minimalist epics and the punchy keyboard ensemble pieces, the film scores and the ritualistic stage pieces, Glass has so far composed five string quartets - the most recent of them emerged in 1993.
No. 1 dates from 1966, but did not have its first performance for another twenty-two years, when the Kronos String Quartet played it. Now, it is the earliest music that he considers part of his adult output, belonging to a time of transition from his days as a student of Nadia Boulanger and assistant to Ravi Shankar to his finding an independent voice. All the same, it sounds like nobody else's work for a moment. Short sections alternate, at a deliberate and slightly varying pace, each of them made up from overlapping, repeating rhythmic patterns. Both parts of the quartet use the same material; the score asks for a pause of about two minutes between them and this is detailed as a separate track on this recording.
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