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Horvath’s splendid series continues with a disc concentrating on Glass’s take on love (and love’s relationship to death). He includes all 14 pieces of Glass’ soundtrack to the film The Hours; perhaps it is this sense of inclusivity that gives his opening barcarolle, ‘The Poet Acts’, such a sense of breadth. The score itself makes reference to others by Glass (the angry ‘I’m going to make a cake’ unmistakably references Satyagraha, while ‘Tearing Herself Away’ recalls Glassworks), but creates a canvas all of its own. Horwath’s playing, always unhurried, ensures that the desolation of ‘Why does someone have to die’ emerges as the emotional hub. It is fascinating to hear Glass’s take on Viennese Waltz (the 1977 Modern Love Waltz); and to have the world premiere of the composer’s own 2007 transcription of Notes on a Scandal, a fascinating, enigmatic piece. Finally, Horvath brings an unremittingly hard touch to the hypnotic Music in Fifths. Glass enthusiasts need not hesitate.

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