Philip Glass – Book of Longing (2007): “

A very interesting collaboration between Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen.

Based on and inspired by a manuscript of Cohen’s poetry that was published as Book of Longing, Glass adds his signature sound to Cohen’s poetry.

You will recognize Glass’ sound instantly. Cohen himself speaks some verse but most of it is sung by members of Glass’ ensemble.

The ‘darker’ mystique of Cohen’s verse is absent when he is not presenting it and the operatic presentation of his poetry set to Glass’ score may take some getting used to.

It’s always a risk when two iconic figures come together and whether or not this one works is up to the listener.

Single track mp3 file. If you like it, track down a copy.



(Via everythingonmyipod.)