Glass Essentials (Grand Piano GP752LP)
Listz specialist pianist Nicholas Horvath is an aficionado of composer Phillip Glass and this 180-gram LP contains his performances of several of Glass’s Etudes, plus the works Morning Passages; Metamorphosis II; A Secret Solo; Sound Of Silence, Music In Fifths, and Choosing Life. The music is complex, accessible and performed with superb technical mastery. The audiophile vinyl sound mix is excellent. The microphone placement in the piano is effective. Everything is clear and there are no volume rumbles from the strings. The hi-gloss gatefold is top-notch, and the liner notes are revelatory. A highlight is Glass’s version of Paul Simon’s Sound of Silence. The ethereal solemnity of the melody is contrasted against broken chords in a polyrhythm of 2/3. If you like this album, make sure you look out for Horvath’s five other albums on which he plays Glass’s full film scores for The Hours, The Truman Show, Koyaanisqatsi, Kundun, The Thin Blue Line and Notes On A Scandal and others.