Gerrit Glaner, Steinway & Sons
The two books of the Well-Tempered Clavier and The Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach
Sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
Works by Chopin and Liszt
A captivating fresco of 15 CDs with works by Schumann, including Kreisleriana, Davidsbündlertänze, Kinderszenen, Waldszenen, Sonatas n. 1 and n. 2, Fantasia Op. 17 and Phantasiestücke, Carnaval and Vienna Carnaval, Papillons, Gesänge der Frühe, Album for the Young, chamber music with violin, viola, clarinet and oboe, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Lieder and Quintet, among others
Grieg’s 66 Lyric Pieces and his Sonata, completed with the three sonatas for violin and piano
Works by Brahms for piano, along with the Concerto No. 1 with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Piano Recitals with works by Mendelssohn, Debussy and Ravel
Studies and preludes by Scriabin
Spanish pieces by Albéniz, Granados and De Falla
Argentinian pieces by Guastavino, Ginastera and Piazzolla
A series of compositions by Levy
The acclaimed journalist and Classical Music critic Bernard Jacobson had this to say about Levy’s playing and The Voice of the Piano: “I have loved Daniel Levy’s playing since the first moment I encountered it. But it has taken this superb collection to remind me that he is an artist worthy to stand alongside, not just the Brendels and Lupus, but any of the most celebrated figures in the ranks of musical interpretation. However well listeners to these performances may already know the works presented here, they will assuredly learn many things about them that they have not thought of before–and that, along with the blessed willingness to take risks, is what distinguishes great artistry from mere craftsmanship.”
William (Bill) Heck, Contributing Reviewer
Among my early childhood memories are those of listening to my mother playing records (some even 78 rpm ones!) of both classical music and jazz tunes. I suppose that her love of music was transmitted genetically, and my interest was sustained by years of playing in rock bands – until I realized that this was no way to make a living. The interest in classical music was rekindled in grad school when the university FM station serving as background music for studying happened to play the Brahms First Symphony. As the work came to an end, it struck me forcibly that this was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard, and from that point on, I never looked back. This revelation was to the detriment of my studies, as I subsequently spent way too much time simply listening, but music has remained a significant part of my life. These days, although I still can tell a trumpet from a bassoon and a quarter note from a treble clef, I have to admit that I remain a nonexpert. But I do love music in general and classical music in particular, and I enjoy sharing both information and opinions about it.
The audiophile bug bit about the same time that I returned to that classical music. I’ve gone through plenty of equipment, brands from Audio Research to Yamaha, and the best of it has opened new audio insights. Along the way, I reviewed components, and occasionally recordings, for The $ensible Sound magazine. Recently I’ve rebuilt--I prefer to say reinvigorated--my audio system, with a Sangean FM HD tuner and (for the moment) an ancient Toshiba multi-format disk player serving as a transport, both feeding a NAD C 658 streaming preamp/DAC, which in turn connects to a Legacy Powerbloc2 amplifier driving my trusty Waveform Mach Solo speakers, supplemented by a Hsu Research ULS 15 Mk II subwoofer.