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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