Windows (2018)

Bruce, Schumann, Matheson

Bruce Levingston

The title of pianist Bruce Levingston's haunting new album, Windows, 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.

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. Bruce Levingston is one of the today's celebrated figures in contemporary classical music. The New York Times named his album Heavy Sleep a Best Classical Recording of the Year praising his mastery of color and nuance ." The New Yorker has called him a force for new music with a gift for innovative and glamorous programming.

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Bruce Levingston

Bruce Levingston is a concert pianist and one of the country’s leading figures in contemporary classical music. He is known for his “extraordinary gifts as a colorist and a performer who can hold attention rapt with the softest playing” (MusicWeb International). Many of the world’s most important composers have written works for him, and his Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center world premiere performances have won notable critical acclaim. The New York Times has praised his “mastery of color and nuance" and called him one of “today’s most adventurous musicians”. The New Yorker has called him “a force for new music” and “a poetic pianist with a gift for inventive — and glamorous — programming.” Levingston has appeared in concerts and music festivals throughout the world. His performances have been broadcast internationally on radio, internet and television. Noted for his creative programming, he has worked with some of the most gifted artists of our time, including painter Chuck Close, composer Philip Glass, authors George Plimpton and Michael Cunningham, actor Ethan Hawke, dancers Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo, Colin and Eric Jacobsen and the Brooklyn Rider, and choreographers Jorma Elo, Russell Maliphant and Alexei Ratmansky. Levingston is the founder and artistic director of the music foundation, Premiere Commission, Inc., which has commissioned and premiered over 50 new works. Levingston has collaborated with numerous prominent cultural institutions on programs related to art and music including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of Art; Alliance Française/French Institute; The Aspen Institute and Aspen Music Festival; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. In 2015, Levingston’s new biography about the painter Marie Hull, Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull, was published on the 125th Anniversary of the famed Mississippi artist’s birth. Levingston also curated two major exhibitions of Hull’s work at the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans in conjunction with the publication of the book. Long interested in human rights and education, Levingston gave a special premiere performance for the opening of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and collaborated on the commission and world premiere of the oratorio, Repast, which was based on the life of the civil rights figure Booker Wright. Levingston regularly performs and conducts master classes in public schools to promote the arts and bring live music to young audiences. He was awarded the Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Levingston is the Chancellor’s Honors College Artist in Residence and Holder of the L. G. Fant Chair at the University of Mississippi. He resides in Oxford, MS and New York City.

photo: from booklet Glass - Dreaming Awake

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Windows (2018)

Bruce, Schumann, Matheson

Bruce Levingston

Digital Converters:Merging Technologies Horus
Mastering Engineer:Daniel Shores
Producer:Dan Merceruio
Recording Engineer:Daniel Shores
Recording location:Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DXD

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The Shadow of the Blackbird - I.
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The Shadow of the Blackbird - II.
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 1, Von fremden Landern und Menschen
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 2, Curiose Geschichte
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 3, Hasche-Mann
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 4, Bittendes Kind
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 5, Gluckes genug
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 6, Wichtige Begebenheit
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 7, Tr?umerei
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 8, Am Kamin
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 9, Ritter vom Steckenpferd
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 10, Fast zu ernst
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 11, Furchtenmachen
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 12, Kind im Einschlummern
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - No. 13, Der Dichter spricht
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Arabeske in C Major, Op. 18
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Windows - I. Jeremiah
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Windows - II. Isaiah
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Windows - III. Crucifixion
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Windows - IV. The Good Samaritan
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Windows - V. The Rose
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