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Glass: 'Dreaming Awake'

Magazine article Gramophone

Glass: 'Dreaming Awake'

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Glass

'Dreaming Awake' Dreaming Awake. The Illusionist Suite--exes. Metamorphosis II. Piano Etudes--No 1; No 2; No 5; No 6; No 9; No 10; No 11; No 12; No 16; No 17. Wichita Vortex Sutra Bruce Levingston pf Ethan Hawke spkr Sono Luminus (M)(2) DSL92205 (109' * DDD)

Bruce Levingston's close association with Philip Glass over the years has seen him perform duets with the composer and produce solo piano arrangements of Glass's film music. The pianist's earlier 'Nightbreak' (3/12US) was an imaginative attempt to combine the American minimalist with Liszt, Brahms and Rihm. Yet, while 'Dreaming Awake' focuses entirely on Glass, the spectre of 19th-century piano music continues to leave its mark on Levingston's performances.

Take the opening 10-bar phrase of Etude No 2. There are almost as many tempo changes here as there are measures. The phrase's subsequent repetition yields further unnecessary pushing and pulling. Rubato is not verboten in Glass any more than it is in Bach or Beethoven, but it can stifle the sense of forward momentum provided by the composer's trademark repeating cycles and patterns. The music's very raison d'etre is undermined. …

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