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Nicolas Horvath’s sterling Glass series continues with a volume containing two extended pieces, Mad Rush and 600 Lines. Originally for organ, Mad Rush was most famously performed by the composer at the Dalai Lama’s first visit to New York in 1981. There is more peace here than the title implies, and Horvath gives a characteristically assured performance. Glass’s hypnotic harmonic progressions unfold with mesmeric inevitability. The end morphs into the newest, still unpublished version of Metamorphosis II. Heard in the context of all five Metamorphoses on Glassworlds 3, it sounds darker there in the earlier version; the alteration is tiny but significant. More rugged, 600 Lines (1967) plays with rhythm in a highly focused way. There is a purity that is astonishing and Horvath’s concentration does it full justice. Finally, an unexpected but haunting arrangement of a Paul Simon song: Glass seamlessly takes the original on a walk into minimalism and back again.

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