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GLASS, Philip (b. 1937)

GLASSWORLDS • 4: ON LOVE

THE HOURS • MODERN LOVE WALTZ • NOTES ON A SCANDAL • MUSIC IN FIFTHS


  • Nicolas Horvath, piano

This volume focuses on love, one of Philip Glass’ most glorious themes. The timeless melancholy of his BAFTA award-winning music for The Hours forms an organic suite driven by the film’s three powerful characters, here complete with three unpublished movements. The breathtakingly energetic Modern Love Waltz expands the limits of minimalism by combining Glass’s style with Viennese dance tradition, while his transcription of Notes on a Scandal is a recording première. Steve Reich described the iconic Music in Fifths as being “like a freight train”.

Tracklist

 
The Hours (arr. M. Riesman and N. Muhly for piano) (2002) (00:47:22 )
1
The Poet Acts (00:03:20)
2
Morning Passages (00:05:06)
3
Something She Has to Do (00:02:55)
4
For Your Own Benefit (00:01:55)
5
Vanessa and the Changelings (00:01:29)
6
I'm Going to Make a Cake (00:03:02)
7
An Unwelcome Friend (00:04:17)
8
Dead Things (00:02:49)
9
The Kiss (00:03:37)
10
Why Does Someone Have to Die? (00:03:05)
11
Tearing Herself Away (00:03:20)
12
Escape! (00:03:08)
13
Choosing Life (00:03:44)
14
The Hours (00:05:35)
15
Modern Love Waltz (1977) (00:03:36)
16
Notes on a Scandal: The Harts - I Knew Her (version for piano) (2006) * (00:04:15)
17
Music in Fifths (1969) (00:05:59)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:01:12

The Artist(s)

Nicolas Horvath Nicolas Horvath is an unusual artist with an unconventional résumé. He began his music studies at the Académie de Musique Prince Rainier III de Monaco, and at the age 16, he caught the attention of the American conductor Lawrence Foster who helped him to secure a three-year scholarship from the Princess Grace Foundation in order to further his studies.

The Composer(s)

Piano is Philip Glass’ primary instrument (he also studied violin and flute); he composes at the keyboard. With its seemingly contradictory elements of lyricism and percussiveness, it is in some ways the ideal medium for Glass’ musical language. With its deep roots in tradition (spanning the Classical, Romantic and Modern eras), the instrument embodies the composer’s desire to merge new ideas with classic forms. It is perhaps via piano (and, by extension, keyboard) that performers and listeners can make the most direct and personal contact with Glass’ musical genius.

Reviews

“As performed by acclaimed pianist Nicholas Horvath, these works are evocative, cinematic and filled with a pathos that defies easy definition.” – Scene Magazine

International Piano

“Horvath’s playing, always unhurried, ensures that the desolation of ‘Why does someone have to die’ emerges as the emotional hub. It is fascinating to hear Glass’s take on Viennese Waltz (the 1977 Modern Love Waltz); and to have the world premiere of the composer’s own 2007 transcription of Notes on a Scandal, a fascinating, enigmatic piece. …Horvath brings an unremittingly hard touch to the hypnotic Music in Fifths. Glass enthusiasts need not hesitate.” – International Piano

“Production values are very good: the Fazioli piano sounds quite beautiful, and the notes are informative…I will certainly be seeking out the earlier releases in this series.” – MusicWeb International

Klassiek Centraal

“Highly recommended.” – Klassiek Centraal