In 2001, Orange Mountain Music developed out of a project undertaken to archive all the master recordings that Philip Glass had made. Over the last 30 some years Glass has produced hours of recordings in the process of creating operas, orchestral works, film scores and musical theatre pieces. These projects represented a point of departure for the company that sought to bring this music to fans, aficionados and students of Philip Glass’ music.
With the inaugural release of Candyman in September 2001, the label quickly established itself as a serious producer of quality music. Subsequent successes, archival releases such as Early Voice, Descent into the Maelstrom, The Thin Blue Line, soon gave way to releases of New Recordings. Its reputation developing, Orange Mountain Music now found itself as the ideal outlet to produce brand new Philip Glass recordings.
First came solo piano releases by Philip Glass and Paul Barnes that then laid the path for major soundtrack recordings including the Academy Award®-winning documentary The Fog of War.
The success of the catalog and continuing good relationships in the artistic community has provided Orange Mountain Music with the ability to undertake two major series: The first two discs of The Concerto Project Vol. I-IV, a series of four releases that will showcase the catalog of Glass concertos; and “from the Kitchen Archives”, the series which features great performances by such artists as Sonic Youth, Steve Reich, Swans, Michael Nyman, Meredith Monk that were captured live at New York’s famous venue, The Kitchen.
Having established a core market, Orange Mountain Music also began releasing major new Glass works such as Symphony No.6 ‘Plutonian Ode’. Symphony No.6 was named to The New Yorker’s Ten Favorite CD’s of 2005 and showcased the company’s ability to not only produce these major works, but also to draw the attention of a diverse and interested public including regular reviews in the New York Times, The Gramophone and is internationally recognized in most major publications.
The future appears bright for Orange Mountain Music; producers of major opera and orchestral scores, solo piano, film scores, chamber music and with recent major releases such as Symphony No.8, Concerto Project Vol.II, Glass’ grand opera The Voyage which was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, and The Witches of Venice (a children’s opera-ballet commissioned by Teatro alla Scala), special iTunes Exclusives, and major works such as the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson collaboration Monsters of Grace and a new series: From the Philip Glass Recording Archive.