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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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Buy one tract, or by 20 of the exact same one. This is the mistery of the cult of Philip Glass. He serves up the same thing every time, and people seem to gobble it up. The etudes where meant to fine tune one's technique, but I find it to test my patience. -Bz

Bravo, Maki Namekawa!

I just watched Philip Glass’ concert with Maki Namekawa and Ashley Oakley. They all played the Etudes very well. I really enjoyed watching them play. Maki’s performance stood out. The music had to keep up with her energy. Her upper body was dancing while her hands were playing and her feet were pedaling the piano. When she played a cheerful etude, she was smiling. When she played a dramatic etude, her face was expressive. I could feel her passion, excitement and energy!

Keep it up, Maki! I’m proud of you!

A composer for the ages.

Gotta give props where they're due. I could listen to this all day.

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