Bruce Levingston - Glass: Dreaming Awake


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Pianist Bruce Levingston has had a long and celebrated association with Philip Glass and his music. In 2004, the composer wrote his musical tribute to the painter Chuck Close especially for Levingston who premiered the work at New York City's Lincoln Center. The following year, Glass joined Levingston in the same venue for a series of piano duos in a concert that also featured Levingston's longtime friend and Chelsea Hotel neighbor actor Ethan Hawke. At that concert, Levingston and Hawke performed Glass's Wichita Vortex Sutra that includes a narration of Allen Ginsburg's eponymous poem. Glass and Ginsberg had performed and recorded it themselves, but the composer enthusiastically blessed this performance by a new generation of artists. Glass, Hawke and Levingston then performed together the finale of Einstein on the Beach. Glass later invited Levingston to join him in premiering his complete Etudes at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City in 2014.

Now this extraordinary group of artists is reunited in this Sono Luminus release of Bruce Levingston's new album Dreaming Awake. Levingston, an acclaimed concert pianist and recording artist whose last album, "Heavy Sleep", was named one the "Best Recordings of the 2015" by The New York Times, pays tribute to Philip Glass with an exploration of his works that spans the length of the composer's career. The recording includes the world premiere of The Illusionist Suite, ten of the composer's dramatic and deeply moving etudes, as well as the richly colored tone poems Dreaming Awake, Metamorphosis No. 2 and Wichita Vortex Sutra featuring Ethan Hawke as guest artist reading the Allen Ginsberg poem.

Etudes, Book 1: No. 2, —
Etudes, Book 2: No. 11, —
The Illusionist Suite (Arr. B. Levingston for Piano): I. The Illusionist
The Illusionist Suite (Arr. B. Levingston for Piano): II. The Orange Tree
The Illusionist Suite (Arr. B. Levingston for Piano): III. The Locket
The Illusionist Suite (Arr. B. Levingston for Piano): IV. Life in the Mountains
Etudes, Book 2: No. 16, —
Etudes, Book 2: No. 17, —
Wichita Vortex Sutra
Dreaming Awake
Etudes, Book 1: No. 1, —
Etudes, Book 1: No. 5, —
Etudes, Book 1: No. 6, —
Etudes, Book 2: No. 12, —
Etudes, Book 1: Etude No. 9
Etudes, Book 1: Etude No. 10
Metamorphosis II

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