20 Songs, 2 Hours, 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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4:39
7:23
4:24
6:33
8:19
5:12
8:28
5:23
3:58
7:02
6:31
5:59
3:51
6:32
6:52
4:14
6:26
6:53
5:23
10:24

About Maki Namekawa

Japanese pianist Maki Namekawa studied with Mikio Ikezawa at the Kunitachi University of Music in Tokyo, and with Henriette Puig-Roget at the Paris Conservatoire. She continued her work with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Werner Genuit, Kaya Han, and Stefan Litwin. She taught from 1997 to 2002 at Saarbrücken, Karlsruhe, and Darmstadt, and has been a frequent guest artist at several music festivals. In addition to her performances as a soloist, where she has focused on the keyboard music of Franz Joseph Haydn and Philip Glass, Namekawa plays duos with her husband, Dennis Russell Davies, and they have recorded the four hands versions of Igor Stravinsky's L'Oiseau de feu, Pétrouchka, and Le Sacre du printemps on the Sinfonieorchester Basel label. ~ Blair Sanderson

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