Bruce Levingston: Windows

January 29, 2018, 9:00 am

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Bruce Levingston is one of today’s celebrated figures in contemporary classical music. The title of his new album, “Windows,”  is taken from the suite by American composer James Matheson, heard here in its world premiere recording. This evocative work depicts the stained glass windows of Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse inspired by ancient imagery and scripture. These works led Levingston to seek out other composers who have been inspired by multiple art forms. Robert Schumann’s intimate Kinderszenen, a series of pieces that offer glimpses of childhood, is paired with the urbane, elegant Arabeske. British-American composer David Bruce is also heard here in the premiere recording of The Shadow of the Blackbird, inspired by the music of Schumann as well as the poetry of Wallace Stevens.