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The three sets of 15 short pieces are an addition to the CD catalogue – romantic character pieces in the vein of Schumann (the “Fantasy Pieces”) and in Glass’ own mature style. The main story is the performance of the two sonatas and the Fantasy; many collectors will have the 1992 Dacapo release with pianist Nina Gade. Compare the timings in the order listed above, Gade first: 27:29 and 37:36, 29:24 and 41:46, 14:46 and 21:14. Astounding, no? Why? Gade plays them like they’re Schumann or Mendelssohn and Seivewright like they’re late Beethoven (or Celibidache conducting Bruckner). Both approaches really work too! The Dacapo is out of print but true Glass collectors will certainly want both anyway.