How can it be that mine is only the second review of this moving tribute?
How to review a CD without a track list?
MF: In Toub's opening piece for string quartet, re-statement and -phrasing of the busy theme desensitizes the mind (attending to the subtle variations), evolves to a peaceful feldmanesque interlude and concludes with a thoughtful re-conceptualization of the theme. Perusing the liner note for this track (sans track list), I can only wonder, why mezzo forte instead of a quieter dynamic ("morto forte" or "mezzo morte")? I am intrigued now to hear Toub's original idea for a tribute, Five Notes for Christina Fong.
Kotowly/ Shade to Light: Reminiscent of For Philip Guston; subtle intrigue, a lovely piece that MF would have appreciated.
New England, Late Summer: Likewise very much in the spirit of MF, perhaps Crippled Symmetry.
As Beautiful as a Crescent of a New Moon on a Cloudless Spring Evening: Just intonation or just out of tune? Either way this piece rings with subtle detunings that are blissfully soothing. During my first several listenings this piece disturbed me, until the night I realized it is the most feldmanesque piece in this very satisfying tribute. As John Cage said, when we try to ignore a sound it irritates us and we call it "noise", but if we listen carefully we are fascinated by its unrehearsed, intrinsic beauty. Compare with Alvin Lucier's Wind Shadows (NWR 80628-2) or Pauline Oliveros' Primordial / Lift (DL 33-2006/IEA 9).
Feldman's repertoire is so temporally and thematically extensive that despite hundreds of hours of often semi-attentive listening I feel inadequate to post a review. Still someone must break the ice and alert the world to this fitting tribute to the master of subtlety.
Perhaps others are likewise intimidated to review this tribute. Ogre-Ogress deserve much praise for their reverent addition to Feldman's legacy.