Grand Piano breaks new ground with Nicolas Horvath and the piano works of Philip Glass
January 14, 2015
On Friday 9 January, virtuoso pianist Nicolas Horvath gave a preview of his ground-breaking project for the Grand Piano label in which he is to record all the piano music of the American composer Philip Glass, totalling some nine hours of music. Performing at New York’s Carnegie Hall, his programme included a performance of Glass’ recently published complete Piano Etudes, which will form Vol. 2 of Grand Piano’s 9-volume series.
Vol. 1 will be released in March 2015 and comprises original piano works: Glassworks: I. Opening, Dreaming Awake and How Now, plus transcriptions by Paul Barnes of music from the Orphée Suite.
The project will feature the world première recordings of a number of works, including Dreaming Awake, Notes on a Scandal, Metamorphosis 2 (Version 2), The Sound of Silence Paul Simon/Philip Glass, The Screens – Night on the Balcony and Glassworks: Closing. A number of première recordings of piano versions of other works by Glass will also be included.
Already recognised as a leading interpreter of Liszt’s music, Steinway Artist Nicolas Horvath has in recent years become one of the most sought after pianists of his generation. A native of Monaco and holder of a number of awards, including First Prize of the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions, he frequently organises events and concerts of unusual length, sometimes over twelve hours, such as Philip Glass’ complete piano music or Erik Satie’s Vexations. Composers from a number of countries have written works for him.
Now celebrating its third anniversary, the Grand Piano label has quickly gained a reputation for producing high quality recordings of rare keyboard gems. Dedicated to the exploration of undiscovered piano repertoire, the label specialises in multi-volume recordings and complete cycles of piano works by many lesser-known composers, whose output might otherwise have remained unknown and unrecorded. Spanning almost four centuries of music from around the world, the Grand Piano catalogue includes music by past composers such as Alexander Tcherepnin, Mieczysław Weinberg and Leopold Koželuch, as well as works by living composers, including Valentyn Silvestrov, Martial Solal and Philip Hammond.