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Heavy Sleep - piano music of Andres, Bach-Reger, Bach-Siloti, Bach-Kurtag, Fairouz / Bruce Levingston, piano

Album Summary

>Andres, Timo : Bürgenstock-Polka, for piano
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727
>Siloti, Alexander : Prelude, transcription for piano in B minor (after Bach, BWV 855)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 24 in B minor (WTC I/24), BWV 869 (BC L103)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
>Kurtág, György : Transcription for piano of Bach's "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106" (Sonatina from "Ac
>Fairouz, Mohammed : El Male Rachamim, A Prayer in Memory of György Ligeti, for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The title “Heavy Sleep”, is meant to reference not only the eponymous opening work on this Album, but also to note the phrase’s allusion to death and eternal sleep. For me, each work on this album relates either directly or spiritually to the theme of death, rebirth, or both. Voices of other composers or allusions to their own or others’ works are also found throughout these pieces, often appearing as subtle homage to composers of the past: In the Andres work there are echos of both Bach and Chopin; in the Fairouz a direct tribute to Ligeti; in the Kurtag, Reger and Siloti arrangements there are reflections on Bach through the art of transcription; and in the original works of Bach himself, particularly in the great B minor Fugue, symbolic voices of God and man. Together, these works offer a touching perspective to the close spiritual connectivity we all share as artists and as human beings, culture to culture, past and present. Pianist Bruce Levingston is one of today’s leading figures in contemporary music. Many of the world’s most important composers have written works for him and his Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center world premiere performances of their works have won notable critical acclaim. The New York Times has called him “one of today’s most adventurous musicians” and praises his performances as “graceful”, “dreamy, and “hauntingly serene.” The New Yorker has described him as “elegant and engaging... a poetic pianist who has a gift for glamorous programming,” while The Washington Post has lauded his “wonderfully even touch” and “timeless reverie, which Levingston projected beautifully.”

The title "Heavy Sleep" is meant to reference not only the eponymous opening work on this album, but also to note the phrase's allusion to death and eternal sleep. Each work on this album relates either directly or spiritually to the theme of death, rebirth, or both. Pianist Bruce Levingston is one of today's leading figures in contemporary music. Many of the world's most important composers have written works for him and his world premiere performances of their works have won notable critical acclaim. "... elegant and engaging... a poetic pianist... " (The New Yorker)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (01/07/2014-01/10/2014).



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>Andres, Timo : Bürgenstock-Polka, for piano
  • Performer: Bruce Levingston (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (01/07/2014-01/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727
  • Performer: Bruce Levingston (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (01/07/2014-01/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1740

>Siloti, Alexander : Prelude, transcription for piano in B minor (after Bach, BWV 855)
  • Performer: Bruce Levingston (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (01/07/2014-01/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 24 in B minor (WTC I/24), BWV 869 (BC L103)
  • Performer: Bruce Levingston (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (01/07/2014-01/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
  • Performer: Bruce Levingston (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (01/07/2014-01/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Kurtág, György : Transcription for piano of Bach's "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106" (Sonatina from "Ac
  • Performer: Bruce Levingston (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (01/07/2014-01/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Fairouz, Mohammed : El Male Rachamim, A Prayer in Memory of György Ligeti, for piano
  • Performer: Bruce Levingston (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (01/07/2014-01/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013