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Bruce Levingston is one of today’s celebrated figures in contemporary classical music. The New Yorker has called him “a force for new music” with “a gift for innovative and glamorous programming.” The title of pianist Bruce Levingston’s haunting new album is taken from the beautiful suite by acclaimed American composer James Matheson, heard here in its world premiere recording. This evocative, richly-colored work depicts the exquisite stained glass windows of Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse inspired by ancient imagery and scripture. These works, which reflect a myriad of overlapping artistic influences, led Levingston, an artist known for his cutting-edge programming, to seek out other composers who have been inspired by multiple art forms. Robert Schumann was an immediate choice. His intimate Kinderszenen, a series of distilled little jewels that offer fleeting glimpses of childhood, is paired with the urbane, elegant Arabeske. Distinguished British-American composer David Bruce is also heard here in the premiere recording of his touching work, The Shadow of the Blackbird, inspired by the music of Schumann as well as the moving poetry of Wallace Stevens. It seemed fitting for Levingston to program these three inspired, and inspiring, composers together. Their works, old and new, represent aural windows through which their extraordinary visions may be heard, sensed and felt.
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Item number DSL-92218
Barcode 053479221827
Release date 1/26/2018
Category Classical Music
Label SONO LUMINUS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
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Classical Artist Levingston, Bruce
Disc: 1
The Shadow of the Blackbird00:13:00
1 The Shadow of the Blackbird: I. — 00:05:34 Levingston, Bruce
2 The Shadow of the Blackbird: II. — 00:06:43 Levingston, Bruce
Scenes from Childhood, Op. 1500:17:06
3 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 1, Von fremden Landern u 00:02:04 Levingston, Bruce
4 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 2, Curiose Geschichte 00:01:16 Levingston, Bruce
5 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 3, Hasche-Mann 00:00:42 Levingston, Bruce
6 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 4, Bittendes Kind 00:01:16 Levingston, Bruce
7 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 5, Glückes genug 00:00:57 Levingston, Bruce
8 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 6, Wichtige Begebenheit 00:00:58 Levingston, Bruce
9 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 7, Träumerei 00:03:36 Levingston, Bruce
10 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 8, Am Kamin 00:01:15 Levingston, Bruce
11 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 9, Ritter vom Steckenpfe 00:00:53 Levingston, Bruce
12 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 10, Fast zu ernst 00:02:19 Levingston, Bruce
13 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 11, Fürchtenmachen 00:01:59 Levingston, Bruce
14 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 12, Kind im Einschlummer 00:02:51 Levingston, Bruce
15 Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 13, Der Dichter spricht 00:03:12 Levingston, Bruce
Arabeske in C Major, Op. 1800:06:30
16 Arabeske in C Major, Op. 18 00:08:44 Levingston, Bruce
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17 Windows: I. Jeremiah 00:02:40 Levingston, Bruce
18 Windows: II. Isaiah 00:02:42 Levingston, Bruce
19 Windows: III. Crucifixion 00:05:57 Levingston, Bruce
20 Windows: IV. The Good Samaritan 00:05:22 Levingston, Bruce
21 Windows: V. The Rose 00:07:26 Levingston, Bruce
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