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Jed Distler
Gramophone, April 2018

Bruce Levingston’s annual solo CD releases follow a pattern consisting of a poetic title and a programme interweaving old and new music. ‘Windows’ is true to form, with works by David Bruce and James Mattheson bracketing Schumann’s venerable Kinderszenen and Arabeske.

Sono Luminus’s resonantly ample engineering particularly lends itself to Matheson’s vibrant writing and Levingston’s compelling, colourful pianism. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, March 2018

…Levingston’s crisp, no-nonsense keyboard approach brings out the work’s fascinating structure as well as its strange undercurrent of darkness.

Levingston plays the familiar Kinderszenen with a delicate touch, reminding me in some respects of the classic performances that Clara Haskil gave of this chestnut back in the 1950s. And yet Levingston applies his own touches, such as the nice swagger he gives to “Kuriose Geschichte,” as well as his own particular way of bringing out the left-hand runs in “Hasche-Mann.”

But Matheson’s Windows is an exciting, interesting modern work. …it is varied and interesting, the first piece starting out with a nerve-wracking clang on the keyboard, followed by dark, atonal bass notes, following which the music gradually becomes quieter but also somewhat menacing.

All in all, an interesting disc, particularly for the two new pieces. © 2018 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review



Alex Baran
The WholeNote, March 2018

Levingston proves himself an artist whose first impulse is to find and reveal a composer’s most fragile moments. His ability to do this is quite disarming. The best example of this is Träumerei. Not since Horowitz played this as the encore in his 1986 Moscow concert near the end of his life, have I heard such playing. Words completely fail. Levingston brings this approach to the whole piece and thereby creates something quite unlike anything recorded of late. © 2018 The WholeNote Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), January 2018

Bruce Levingston is one of today’s celebrated figures in contemporary classical music. The title of his new album, “Windows,” is taken from the suite by American composer James Matheson, heard here in its world premiere recording. This evocative work depicts the stained glass windows of Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse inspired by ancient imagery and scripture. These works led Levingston to seek out other composers who have been inspired by multiple art forms. Robert Schumann’s intimate Kinderszenen, a series of pieces that offer glimpses of childhood, is paired with the urbane, elegant Arabeske. British-American composer David Bruce is also heard here in the premiere recording of The Shadow of the Blackbird, inspired by the music of Schumann as well as the poetry of Wallace Stevens. © 2018 WFMT (Chicago)





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