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Crippled Symmetry: At June in Buffalo Import


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  • Audio CD (12 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Frozen Reeds/Forced Exposure
  • ASIN: B008KWOX5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 2000, Eberhard Blum, Nils Vigeland, and Jan Williams came together once more as "The Feldman Soloists" to perform Crippled Symmetry, the trio Feldman composed for them, on the 25th anniversary celebration of the festival he founded. The recording of this concert is now finally available on CD, and is destined to become the reference release of this work.

Required listening for all fans of Feldman's rich, hypnotic world of enigmatic harmony and mnemonic echo. Mastered by Denis Blackham, and presented in a card package which unfolds to reveal the musicians' "butterfly-like" arrangement on stage.

"This turned out to be one of the best performances that we had ever given together. The rare and indescribable 'magic moment' of occasion and ambience seems to have inspired us. The recording of the concert belongs to my most valued sound documents. When I listened to it for the first time, my immediate reaction was: this performance ought to be available on CD. Now, ten years later, it is." -Eberhard Blum

The Feldman Soloists:

Eberhard Blum (flute, alto flute, bass flute)
Jan Williams (glockenspiel, vibraphone)
Nils Vigeland (piano, celesta)

Double CD set in slim card package.
Catalogue number: fr1/2

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard Pinnell on 10 Aug. 2012
Its never easy for me personally to write about the music of Morton Feldman. I never quite manage to find words that come even close to doing it justice. I find it even harder to be able to describe what it is about one recording of Feldman that sets it apart from any others. The past couple of weeks I have been listening to a new recording of Crippled Symmetry, the composer's 1983 trio piece for flutes, glockenspiel / vibraphone and piano / celesta. Lasting ninety minutes, the work is a lengthy piece, though it pales in comparison the second string quartet, which was written in the same year, the original version of which takes longer than six hours to play. I own a couple of earlier recordings of Crippled Symmetry, and both are fine works. The Col Legno recording with Makus Hinterhauser on piano is edged out in my memory by the Hat Art recording by Eberhard Blum, Jan Williams and Nils Vigeland, the group that the piece was originally written for. That Hat recording was released in 1991, more than twenty years ago now. Almost a decade later, in 2000 the same trio came together under the ensemble name The Feldman Soloists, which had been given to them by the composer to perform the piece again in Buffalo. Twelve years further down the line we have a double CD release of that concert recording, the first disc on the new Frozen Reeds label and a beautifully produced project.

Crippled Symmetry is a beautiful, yet deliberately awkward and disjointed work. It is perfectly titled. The piece doesn't so much exist as a score as in three carefully composed separate parts, which when played together see the three sets of sounds combine in certain ways and places, but not in others.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By droflim on 25 Aug. 2012
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This is an amazing performance cumulatively casting a magical spell over the near 90 minute duration. The excellent recording captures the acoustic of the venue which adds an extra ambience to the shimmering bliss of the music. Unfortunately the same quality also applies to the audience - and coughs, sneezes and shuffling do break the spell somewhat; perhaps the irritation (hence only 4 stars) will subside in time... the magic is certainly strong.
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