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Heart Shadow / Bruce Levingston


Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92137   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannLisa BielawaCharles Wuorinen
Performer:  Bruce Levingston
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Combining the best of the old and new with world premiere recordings, Sono Luminus is proud to announce the first of three upcoming albums from world renowned pianist Bruce Levingston. Levingston has created programs inspired by literature, the elemental aspects of light and dark, and the power of intimate sound.

The CD Heart Shadow contains three major piano works inspired by literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including world premiere recordings of works by two of the most outstanding composers of our time: Rome Prizewinner Lisa Bielawa and Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Wuorinen. The inspiration for Bielawa’s sweeping and emotionally charged “Elegy-Portrait” comes from a work of Rainer Maria Rilke;
Read more Wuorinen’s deeply touching and introspective “Heart Shadow” derives its genesis from a novella by Salman Rushdie. These exquisitely wrought and powerful new works, both written by leading composers of their generation, are heard alongside Robert Schumann’s brilliant and beloved masterpiece, “Kreisleriana”, a work also inspired by the world of letters, E.T. A. Hoffmann’s magical Katur Murr. Heard together, in elegant and richly colored interpretations by pianist Bruce Levingston, these three dark and magnificent piano works reflect the deep influences that great music and writing continue to have upon one another.
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Works on This Recording

1. Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2005 
Venue:  Caspary Hall, The Rockefeller University 
Length: 37 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2. Elegy - Portrait, for piano by Lisa Bielawa
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 10/2009 
Venue:  Delta Music Institute, Delta State Unive 
Length: 19 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3. Heart Shadow, for piano by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Bruce Levingston (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 10/2009 
Venue:  Delta Music Institute, Delta State Unive 
Length: 9 Minutes 55 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Kreisleriana, Op. 16: I. Ausserst bewegt
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: III. Sehr aufgeregt
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: IV. Sehr langsam
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: V. Sehr lebhaft
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: VI. Sehr langsam
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: VII. Sehr rasch
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: VIII. Schnell und spielend
Elegy-Portrait
Heart Shadow

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