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Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, July 2019

Pianist Bruce Levingston makes full and effective use of the idea of a thematic program on his solo piano disk Citizen (Sono Luminus 92228).

The performances by Levingston are thoroughly artistic in the interpretive manner of the best of the great pianists. The cultural-ethical thematic focus of the program is uplifting and positive… © 2019 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



The Arts Desk, July 2019

Bruce Levingston gives us Still’s Summerland, an evocative miniature with some gorgeously squelchy harmonies… Levingston does it proud, and this latest collection from an impressively erudite musician is another keeper. © 2019 The Arts Desk



Todd Gorman
American Record Guide, May 2019

Levingston plays with a marvelous sense of pacing, emphasis, and balance. These renditions are full of thought; and, since he is completely beyond technique, he can express whatever he wants. The resonant sound of the piano is a pleasure to hear… © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Andrew Quint
The Absolute Sound, April 2019

Most of the music on this CD is slow, quiet, and spare, yet giving yourself over to it for even a portion of its 71-minute running time is profoundly cathartic. The piano recording has exceptional presence with an excellent sense of the instrument’s volume. © 2019 The Absolute Sound



Jed Distler
Gramophone, April 2019

The two C Price Walden pieces are serious and well crafted, with plenty of pillar-like declamatory gestures that (intentionally or not) evoke similar moments in Aaron Copland and Roy Harris. Walden’s arrangement of Amazing Grace stands out for its gently spread-out bass lines and piquant dissonances. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




BBC Music Magazine, April 2019

An intriguing and valuable concept lies behind this disc: what does it mean to be a citizen and a human? © 2019 BBC Music Magazine



Alex Baran
The WholeNote, March 2019

The final tracks go to Price Walden whose Sacred Spaces is a profoundly moving remembrance of the countless churches where AfricanAmericans gathered and contributed to their sense of community. His arrangement of Amazing Grace closes the recording. It’s a straightforward structure that uses some extraordinary harmonic transitions to make this iconic hymn even more meaningful in the context of the disc. This recording by Bruce Levingston is far more than a simple CD. It’s a meditation on one of the central issues of our time and can only benefit from being heard and experienced in that way. © 2019 The WholeNote



National Sawdust Log, March 2019

Levingston’s playing is lithe and full-voiced throughout. He has an admirable ability to preserve the clarity of each strand in a densely woven contrapuntal texture, crafting a compelling whole without obscuring its parts. His phrasing is subtle, nuanced shadings of tone playing against each other to illuminate the underlying musical structure...expert control... Citizen adds to a much-needed conversation… © 2019 National Sawdust Log



Textura, March 2019

Amazing Grace is, admittedly, a warhorse, but the arrangement by Price Walden that Levingston commissioned for the museum’s opening makes for a moving coda to the release. As he indicates, it’s inclusion is fitting, seeing as how it speaks to the possibility of redemption (“I once was lost, but now am found”) and acknowledges the struggles endured by the oppressed. That the recording’s most moving moments are the slower ones testifies to Levingston’s inimitable command. Always placing himself in service to a composer’s vision, he eschews indulgent gestures on Citizen, where his sensitive treatment of the material produces nuanced performances of remarkable depth. His interpretations distill these works’ essence into physical forms so convincing, one imagines their creators would be stunned by how seamlessly his visions accord with their own. © 2019 Textura Read complete review



Rafael de Acha
Rafael’s Music Notes, February 2019

The mix of compositions both contemporary and Romantic, American and European, old and new featured in this recording is brilliantly played, amply justified, and insightfully annotated in straightforward prose by the ever questing Bruce Levingston… This CD’s gathering of voices that celebrate the civility and brotherly love quintessential to what is American or more simply put, what it means to be a member of the human race, is a noble undertaking underpinned by the artistic excellence and commitment of its curator and pianist, Bruce Levingston, a notable artist who brings the album to an end with a profoundly touching AMAZING GRACE. © 2019 Rafael’s Music Notes



iTunes, February 2019

Apple – iTunes A List

An absorbing musical study of citizenship and human rights. © 2019 iTunes





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