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Morton Feldman: Violin and Orchestra

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  • Performer: Carolin Widmann
  • Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Emilio Pomarico
  • Composer: Morton Feldman
  • Audio CD (13 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B00AE10ACS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,210 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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German violinist Carolin Widmann's widely acclaimed ECM recordings have traversed a broad arc of music - from Schubert and Schumann to Tüür and Xenakis. Here she turns her attention to one of the pivotal works of New York composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987). Violin and Orchestra, composed in 1979, marked a new direction, with an almost painterly attention to detail in slowly unfolding music.

It is hard to say what kind of piece Feldman's Violin and Or¬chestra really is; it is certainly not a concerto for violin and orchestra, even though the solo violin part is at least as demanding as those by virtuosi such as Pietro Locatelli and Niccolò Paganini or composers such as Brahms, Schönberg, Stravinsky and Berg. Feldman's piece has no "brilliant" passages, no trace of acrobatics. In fact, the soloist should sit in the orchestra, not stand in front of it…The violin rarely ever emerges in a "soloistic" way and is never accompanied at all; its music seems much more to be subdued by the orchestra, before it re-emerges, in highest register, like music from a distant star, like an echo sounding from unlimited spaces - or else engendering echoes from the orchestra itself.

In this landmark Feldman recording, Carolin Widmann moves inside the glowing colour-field of sound with great delicacy and feeling, exploring the subtle orchestral texture, crafted together with conductor Emilio Pomàrico and the players of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Personnel: Carolin Widmann (violin), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Emilio Pomàrico (conductor)

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'Compelling...this performance is perfectly judged: Carolin Widmann is a fabulously assured and poetic soloist, taking minute care over the smallest, apparently most insignificant details, and Emilio Pomarico ensures that the orchestral playing is equally refined and scrupulous. It's a beautiful, haunting disc.' -- The Guardian * * * * *


'Carolin Widmann's performance here is exemplary in its eschewal of virtuosic gesture, instead quietly navigating the abstractly shifting sound-bed of the orchestra like a fish finding its place within a sea current.' -- The Independent * * * *


'A gloriously abstract tapestry of unprecedented sounds. A compelling journey every time.' -- The Sunday Times


'The slowness is mesmeric...Everything is so fragmented, so glacial, broken down into music's barest elements...Feldman's writing is remarkable, and there are points when you're scratching your head while trying to work out how a particular effect has been realised...Wondrous.'

--The Arts Desk


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