This CD was playing while I was in the record store and I just had to buy it. Beautifully played and with excellent sonics, this CD gives you a digest of Philip Glass' latest works without having to buy all the recent albums. The playing is uniformly good - the music if mainly for strings, with the Hours suite adding harp, piano and celesta. It is also mainly based on music for movies : Cocteau's "Beauty and the beast", "The Hours", "The secret agent" and "Mishima". Also included are music for the play "Company", "Echorus" and "Closing" from the album 'Glassworks'.
It is typical Glass throughout, there are no surprises here - all you need to do is listen to it and be enveloped in his particular, hypnotic, sound world. Even people who don't know much about Glass should be able to like this album - it's easily accessible to all, not spiky or dissonant. You can either sit down and listen to his signature arpeggiated violins, or play it as background music while ironing shirts. Either way, this is an excellent disc, and a great introduction to Glass for those who are new to him.