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Glass: Glassworlds, Vol. 1 by Nicolas Horvath

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Glass: Glassworlds, Vol. 1

Nicolas Horvath

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Glass: Glassworlds, Vol. 1

Nicolas Horvath

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Label: Grand Piano
On this all-Philip Glass album, young pianist Horvath has the honor of giving the recorded premiere of "Dreaming Awake," a pleasant 2003 piece that breaks no new ground. Much more interesting is his take on Glass' "How Now," which dates from 1968. Glass himself once played this uber-minimalist opus with a brittle, buzz-saw synth -- though Horvath goes in the other direction, managing to sound both nervy and graceful on a resonant grand piano. And while his teasingly languorous performance of the Orphee Suite flirts with lassitude, he keeps the work's essential momentum going.

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