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Graham Rickson
The Arts Desk, June 2015

The Bach-Siloti Prelude in B Minor is gorgeously played, Silotti giving the pianist’s right hand what was previously heard in the bass. It’s followed by a hushed, intense reading of the final prelude and fugue from Book 1 of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, so good that you wish that Levingston would record the lot.

Levingston’s flawless technique always serves the music. Sono Luminus’s production values are up to scratch. Why hesitate? © 2015 The Arts Desk Read complete review

Curtis Perry
I Care If You Listen, May 2015

Heavy Sleep, the title track, is one of foci of the record for those who care to listen, and it lives to its title for whatever connotations one might ascribe to it. Meditative, sombre but not brooding, many lines are pulled from the initial homophonic statement. The piece was especially composed for Levingston, and you can hear it. Every note is authoritative, intentional, and personal.

Heavy Sleep is a considerably meditative effort bookended by its highlights—two world premiere recordings of works by two of the United States’ luminaries in contemporary composition, left to the hands (figurative and literal) of a caring and virtuosic leader in the field. © 2015 I Care If You Listen Read complete review

Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, May 2015

…expert performances of two fine new works, Timo Andres’s Heavy Sleep and Mohammed Fairouz’s Male Rachamim. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
The New York Times, March 2015

Death and rebirth are the themes of this deeply personal, exquisite album. The pianist Bruce Levingston brings heart-wrenching vulnerability and tenderness to a series of preludes, fugues and fantasies by Bach that form the spiritual nucleus of the CD. © 2015 The New York Times Read complete review

Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, January 2015

Pianist Bruce Levingston is a great proponent of contemporary music. Physically…[he] has a great stage presence and conveys depth with every performance so it seems. This is a very unique piano disc…[and] I heartily endorse the tone of the collection and think that the two new works, by Andres and Fairouz, are well worth exploring in particular. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Charles Pope Jr, January 2015

The numerous Bach works are interesting primarily because of Levingston’s richly idiosyncratic playing…

Levingston brings a soft, gentle perspective both to original works and to transcriptions. His approach to the opening phrases of the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue is fleet and light, even feathery.

…the music and performing on this CD are admirable, and very fine. © 2015 Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, December 2014

The right pianist with the right imagination can fashion a program that is very…right. Pianist Bruce Levingston has done this vividly on his album Heavy Sleep.

The new works are significant and deep, and share with Bach an ingenious overarching sense of the drama of intensely realized inner workings. Bruce Levingston is a pianistic poet of the highest sort. The disk fills you with the wonder of music and how it can express some of humanity’s most profound concerns.

It is a winner on every count. © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

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