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Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, April 2017

Folks expecting a metronome or brash chords will be surprised with Levingston’s limpid Glass recital. Several Études are folded around other pieces, including a suite taken from the movie The Illusionist. Ethan Hawke’s soothing, faintly hoarse voice reads Allen Ginsberg’s poem Wichita Vortex Sutra. The title piece, Dreaming Awake, is a study in texture and style, perhaps a quick inventory of techniques deployed throughout the Études. Levingston’s comfortable two-disc traversal (53:02 + 56:30) concludes with Metamorphosis No. 2, unexpectedly dispiriting. The material was used memorably in Glass’ score for Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line. © 2017 La Folia



Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, March 2017

I have enjoyed Bruce Levingston’s previous Glass release, but am even more excited about this one. It is a program centered around Glass’s remarkable etudes, adding in earlier pieces like ‘Metamorphosis 2’ and Wichita Vortex Sutra (beautifully narrated by Ethan Hawke). There are at present a number of fine interpreters of Glass’s piano music—among them Paul Barnes and Maki Namekawa. Levingston’s approach is more measured and often freer than either Barnes or Namekawa. The famous Etude 2, for instance, contains extreme rubato—possibly more than I think is appropriate, but musical and thought-provoking nevertheless. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, February 2017

Glass is a love/hate kind of composer. Derided by some as ‘silly and repetitive’, while others are fully on board with his musical explorations. On balance, Glass is revered for his film scores, classical compositions, and operas.

This CD is a very fine tribute to the composer’s career with some familiar Glass, the aforementioned world premier, and the interesting Wichita Vortex Suite with Ethan Hawke. Hawke’s reading is quite good… © 2017 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Textura, December 2016

Throughout the 110-minute collection, Levingston’s playing is virtuosic when the material calls for it (“Etude No. 11”), though never gratuitously so.

I’ll confess it took me a few listens to warm to Ethan Hawke’s presence on “Wichita Vortex Sutra,” simply because the version Ginsberg recorded with Glass on Hydrogen Jukebox is so familiar. There’s no doubting the conviction Hawke brings to his open-hearted performance, however, and the sincerity and range of expression the actor brings to the reading, from weary resignation (“I’m an old man now…”) to impassioned affirmation (“I lift my voice aloud…”), is appropriate to the text. © 2016 Textura Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), October 2016

Bruce Levingston, no stranger to the music of Philip Glass, has finally issued an in-depth, two-disc survey of Glass’s piano music, and the result is a surprisingly passionate and spontaneous portrait of the composer. ‘Dreaming Awake’ is a boldly individual approach to the keyboard works of an American master. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)





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