|Various Artists / Still Sound / Bruce Levingston, Piano|
|Album:||Still Sound / Bruce Levingston, Piano||Collection:||Classical|
|Artist:||Various Artists||Added:||Sep 2012|
|Add Date:||2012-09-28||Pull Date:||2012-11-30||Charts:||Classical/Experimental|
|Week Ending:||Oct 28||Oct 21||Oct 7|
|1.||Oct 25, 2012:||minimum entropy ii |
Erik Satie: Gymnopédie No. 3 (2:55)
|3.||Oct 04, 2012:||minimum entropy ii |
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne In B-Flat Minor, Op. 9, No.1 (7:29), Franz Schubert: Impromptu In A-Flat Major, Op. 90, No. 4 (9:43)
|2.||Oct 20, 2012:||Music Casserole |
William Bolcom: New York Lights (5:33)
Pianist Levingston has gathered pieces that are conducive to quiet contemplation, gentle reflection, and to recalling past joys. He aims here at creating serenity. The Schubert and Chopin are often played with much more fire, but L’s interpretations are artistically valid. Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) evolved a compositional style he calls “tintinnabuli” (little bells), beautifully heard here. Satie (1866-1925) influenced Debussy and Ravel. Augusta Gross (b. 1944) composes intimate, spare works drawing on the musical spirits of Satie and Pärt. Bolcom (b. 1938) is a prolific American composer, and a winner of the National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize and Grammy awards. |
1. Arvo Pärt: Für Alina (4:22). Quiet bells in a Buddhist temple.
2. Arvo Pärt: Variationen Zur Gesundung Von Arinuschka (8:42). Water drips into shaded lilly pond.
3. Erik Satie: Gymnopédie No. 2 (3:31). Modal melody floats over quiet chords.
4. Augusta Gross: Venturing Forth Anew 1 (1:28). Soprano and Bass voices stroll by.
5. Augusta Gross: Venturing Forth Anew 2 (1:12). Strangers pass in the fog.
6. Franz Schubert: Impromptu In A-Flat Major, Op. 90, No. 4 (9:43). Rich arpeggios over minor key harmonies, with a rhapsodic middle section.
7. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne In B-Flat Minor, Op. 9, No.1 (7:29). A Paris street in drizzling rain, lights sparkle, lovers caress, passion grows, then quiet returns.
8. William Bolcom: New York Lights (5:33). NYC at 3 AM, mostly quiet, with a brief bustle.
9. Erik Satie: Gnossienne No. 2 (3:09). Haunting melody, quiet chords.
10. Augusta Gross: Dance Of The Spirits (1:46). Graceful, a bit sad.
11. Augusta Gross: Changes (2:58). Gershwin all alone, smoking, sipping whiskey, and playing about with notes on the piano.
12. Augusta Gross: Reflections On Air (3:32). Baroque-style, slow courtly dance.
13. Erik Satie: Gymnopédie No. 3 (2:55). Well-known, poetic melody, with a slow, triple rhythm.