Darkly menacing music sounds from Glass

Classic FM's John Brunning enjoys the Philip Glass Symphonies, which explores music from pop artists David Bowie and Brian Eno

Composer: Philip Glass
Repertoire: Philip Glass Symphonies
Artists: from the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno, American Composers’ Orchestra, Brooklyn Phil/Dennis Russell Davies
Rating: 4/5
Genre: 20th Century
Label: Philips 475 075-2

Tired of so-called crossover music? Fed up with the latest musical mediocrity masquerading as artistic endeavour? Then buy this excellent double CD. With these two works, dating from the 1990s, Philip Glass demonstrates how music written by two pop icons can form the basis of quality composition. And the music sounds even better if you listen with headphones.