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Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes / Batagov


Release Date: 01/05/2018 
Label:  Orange Mountain Music   Catalog #: 120  
Composer:  Philip Glass
Performer:  Anton Batagov

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To listen to Philip Glass’ 20 piano etudes is to be taken on a far-reaching journey, as he explores not just his entire stylistic spectrum, but his deep love of the great composers, too. Some of these pieces are, naturally, pure Glass—Etude no. 17 is a gently undulating miniature in the mold of his hit soundtrack to the film The Hours. But Etude no. 1 evokes Beethoven’s melodic inspiration and Etude no. 15’s exotic, Impressionist harmonies recall Debussy’s chiming piano masterpieces. Etude no. 9, meanwhile, is a simple piece of improvisation that’s poignant in its harmonic stasis. To listen to Philip Glass’ 20 piano etudes is to be taken on a far-reaching journey, as he explores not just his entire stylistic spectrum, but his deep love of the great composers, too. Some of these pieces are, naturally, pure Glass—Etude no. 17 is a gently undulating miniature in the mold of his hit soundtrack to the film The Hours. But Etude no. 1 evokes Beethoven’s melodic inspiration and Etude no. 15’s exotic, Impressionist harmonies recall Debussy’s chiming piano masterpieces. Etude no. 9, meanwhile, is a simple piece of improvisation that’s poignant in its harmonic stasis. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes (10) for Piano, Book 1 by Philip Glass
Performer:  Anton Batagov (Piano)
2.
Etudes (10) for Piano, Book 2 by Philip Glass
Performer:  Anton Batagov (Piano)

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