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Philip Glass: Glassworlds, Vol. 1. Opening; Orphée Suite; Dreaming Awake; How Now / Nicolas Horvath, piano

Album Summary

>Glass, Philip : Glassworks
>Glass, Philip : Orphée Suite, for piano (from the opera)
>Glass, Philip : Dreaming Awake, for piano
>Glass, Philip : How Now, for piano (or ensemble)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Glassworlds 1, Piano Works and Transcriptions by American composer Phillip Glass, inaugurates the complete Grand Piano Edition devoted to Mr. Glass - which is to include many premieres - a project sure to expand the understanding of and appreciation for one of the most influential musical minds of the 20th c. and beyond. Of the four works featured on this first volume, one, Dreaming Awake (2003) is receiving its world-premiere recording. The nearly half-hour long Orphee Suite was arranged for piano by Paul Barnes. The slightly longer How Now represents the earliest work on this program, dating from 1968. Pianist Nicolas Horvath, holder of a number of awards including First Prize of the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono Int'l Competitions, frequently organizes events and concerts of unusual length, including some in excess of twelve hours, and composers from a number of countries have written for him. In addition to his career as a virtuoso which takes him around the world, Mr. Horvath, a Steinway artist, is also a composer.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Nicolas Horvath's release also includes 'Opening' and How Now. Horvath plays with even more rubato than Lisitsa. He chooses a much faster tempo for How Now - one quite similar, incidentally, to the one Glass chose for his performance in 1968 (Orange Mountain, July/Aug 2014); both his performance and Lisitsa's last about 30 minutes (which I think is a good length for this piece). Horvath's program also includes an occasional piece, Dreaming Awake, that Glass composed for a benefit. The music recalls the somber expression of his soundtrack for The Hours and the more quickly changing and virtuosic piano etudes. The disc is important because it demonstrates that Glass's music works quite nicely alongside other composers of the past and alongside quite traditional approaches to performance generally.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Temple Saint Marcel, Paris, France (10/28/2013-10/29/2013).



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Works Details

>Glass, Philip : Glassworks :: 1. Opening
  • Performer: Nicolas Horvath (Piano)
  • Notes: Temple Saint Marcel, Paris, France (10/28/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Glass, Philip : Orphée Suite, for piano (from the opera)
  • Performer: Nicolas Horvath (Piano)
  • Notes: Temple Saint Marcel, Paris, France (10/28/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Glass, Philip : Dreaming Awake, for piano
  • Performer: Nicolas Horvath (Piano)
  • Notes: Temple Saint Marcel, Paris, France (10/28/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Glass, Philip : How Now, for piano (or ensemble)
  • Performer: Nicolas Horvath (Piano)
  • Notes: Temple Saint Marcel, Paris, France (10/28/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1968