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Glass: Dreaming Awake / Levingston


Release Date: 09/30/2016 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92205  
Composer:  Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Textura Top Albums of the Year

"...pianist Bruce Levingston shows himself on this double-CD set to be an ideal interpreter of Glass's work. Inaugurating the release with “Etude No. 2” proves to be a masterstroke for the way in which the pianist's sensitive rendering invites a renewed appreciation for Glass's artistry....his softer touch brings forth even more vividly the inherent musicality of the compositions, a case in point his delicate, understated rendering of “Metamorphosis II.” No performance of a given work can ever be said to be definitive, but Levingston's certainly come close to seeming so, and one imagines Glass would endorse these versions without reservation." Textura -December 2016
Read more /> Second Inversion:

“ The musical colors are incredibly poignant in this tribute to American painter Chuck Close….Glass depicts this emotional battle in the music, Levingston communicates it with his playing, and the producers at Sono Luminus record it with such master, yielding a stand-out new release in the contemporary classical realm.” -Second Inversion September 2016

Kathodlk Ezine ( Italy ) FIVE STARS :

“ The image of the great eye that stands out on the cover of this unmissable double CD of Sono Luminus, although it refers in all likelihood to the song that gives the title track, can be used as a metaphor for Philip Glass's music, especially that performed here by the extraordinary pianist Bruce Levingston....Levingston understands this duality, and knows when and how to give breath to the ornaments, bring out the melodic design, enhance the rhythmic motor engine, with an exquisite touch, sense of space, dramatic pathos and an overview that makes him the ideal interpreter of these intense works. " ... Philip Focosi November 2016

WQXR-Q2 Album of the Week

“ [ a ] passionate and spontaneous portrait of the composer .... Dreaming Awake (Sono Luminus) is a boldly individual approach to the keyboard works of an American master. Even Levingston's stellar choice of collaborator fits the bill…. Levingston recruits thespian Ethan Hawke, Hollywood's Gen-X embodiment of Romanticism, and Hawke's breathless delivery is absolutely of a piece with the almost cinematic heroics of Levingston's vision for these pathbreaking works. " —Review by Daniel Stephen Johnson for Album of the Week , WQXR-Q2 September 19, 1016 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes for Piano, Book 1: No. 2, — by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; United States 
2.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: No. 11, — by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
3.
The Illusionist by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Notes: Suite for Piano Arranged by B. Levingston 
4.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: No. 16, — by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
5.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: No. 17, — by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
6.
Wichita Vortex Sutra by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
7.
Dreaming Awake by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Written: 2003 
8.
Etudes for Piano, Book 1: No. 1, — by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
9.
Etudes for Piano, Book 1: No. 5, — by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; United States 
10.
Etudes for Piano, Book 1: No. 6, — by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; United States 
11.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: No. 12, — by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
12.
Etudes for Piano, Book 1: No. 9, — by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; United States 
13.
Etudes for Piano, Book 1: No. 10, — by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
14.
Metamorphoses (5): no 2 by Philip Glass
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 

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