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Philip Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes

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Determined to become a better pianist, Philip Glass began writing series of relatively short piano pieces in 1994 with the goal of sharpening his technique on the keyboard. Completed nearly two decades later, Glass' set of 20 sweepingly diverse and intricately melodic études tell a poignant story about the composer's evolution—and his deeply personal connection to the instrument. Virtuoso Maki Namekawa brings crackling energy, immaculate technical prowess, and gorgeous melodic sensitivity to the pieces, which range from technical workouts to sublimely melodic miniatures. The latter ten of these—which have never been recorded before—will thrill fans of the iconic composer.

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A really relaxing, insightful and deeply pleasant experience

It's been long since I enjoyed listening new music this much.

Thank you Philip and Maki.

This is going to become a classic for me.

I saw the live performance this weekend at BAM

Extraordinary music with a vast range of moods, techniques, melody and harmony. I was very moved by several of the last ten, in particular, but find them all remarkable in composition and performance by Ms. Namekawa.

By Sandra Blair

New and wonderful.

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