Bruce Levingston Releases Ninth Solo Album
“Bruce Levingston’s magisterial playing of this music reaffirms his position as one of America’s great pianists.”
– All About The Arts – January 2021
Bruce Levingston’s new album, Prelude to Dawn, was released on February 12, 2021 by Sono Luminus. This is Levingston’s ninth solo album and features the interwoven, haunting works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms and Wolfgang Rihm. This timeless music exudes solace, joy and the possibilities of renewed life.
The following is Bruce Levingston’s Preface to the notes of the Album :
During the surreal existence of this past year, I found myself drawn closer than ever to Bach. His music brought much solace and peace. Bach has long been an inspiration to musicians, especially Brahms and Rihm. These three German masters represent a thoughtful dialogue that has spanned four centuries. Their intimate musical landscapes resonate with this pensive, solitary time. Some works, like Brahms wistful chorale prelude, Herzlich tut mich verlangen (Op. 122, No. 10), reflect the delicate twilight between life and death. Others, like the glorious Chaconne and joyous Prelude, Fugue and Allegro deny defeat. Perhaps the most timely work is Bach’s Wachet auf (Sleepers, Awake). Its memorable chorale, written during the Plague in Germany, was composed by a pastor to comfort his fearful congregation. In Bach’s hands, its noble spirit and soaring themes herald a celebration of life. Together, these pieces recall the shadows and fragility of our world, but also the possibility for its regeneration and a new dawn.
Bruce Levingston is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist and recording artist. He has performed often in many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. He is the Chancellor’s Honors College Artist in Residence and holder of the Lester Glenn Fant Chair at The University of Mississippi.