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It took me some time to discover which of Feldman's works I like. The first thing I heard was "Rothko Chapel," along with "Why Patterns?", the New Albion disc (see my review). Great! Then I heard the hat Art recording of "For Samuel Beckett," played by the Ensemble Modern. Fantastic! Next, I heard the recording of "Piano and String Quartet" on Nonesuch with Aki Takahashi and the Kronos Quartet (see my review). I found this to be utterly boring, and it turned me off to the point that I didn't seek out any more Feldman until recently. Then I happened to hear a hat(now)Art Feldman disc called "Atlantis," that included "Oboe and Orchestra" and "String Quartet and Orchestra," and I was back to saying fantastic! I have realized that it's the middle period Feldman of the 1970s that I like the best. His early Cage-influenced graphic notation works, like "Atlantis," I don't find compelling. And the long, repetitive later works like "Piano and String Quartet," I don't find compelling either (though "For Samuel Beckett" is a late work, but one with more internal dynamics). It was in between that Feldman found his "zone," I think. And the pieces that seem to be concertos, that Feldman called the "still-life titles," are some of his finest works.
This cpo 2-disc set (2 discs for the price of one) includes four of Feldman's still-life titles, all with Hans Zender conducting the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrucken. The first in the series was "Cello and Orchestra," with Siegfried Palm, from 1972. Zender and Saarbrucken performed the premiere of the piece with Palm, and this is a studio recording from shortly afterward. Read more ›
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