Glass Es­sen­tials (Grand Pi­ano GP752LP)

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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.

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