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  • Audio CD (12 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Tzadik
  • ASIN: B00029J262
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The reason I am posting a review is that I feel Feldmans music should have stars next to his titles. For a more accomplished review of some of his music I recommend the review for Piano and String Quartet. This is music where the sound of each note is what matters. 'Patterns is a piece for piano and cello.
I wish the manufacturers would put more than one track on the Feldman CDs however, as you cannot move to a later section but always have to start at the beginning.
The sleeve notes are a few quotes from Feldman which are helpful.
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This is a fascinating recording. It is essentially a patchwork of sounds, rhythms and melodic statements that run together over the course of eighty minutes or so in the form of a piano /cello duet, although conversation may be more of an accurate description of the process involved.

In a way this music is all about sound and silence. Each note is designed to have an effect - the way that a note is created, delivered, how it corresponds to other notes and chords and ultimately how it falls away into silence. This is music goes from the disquieting and atonal to moments of fervent activity and passages of heart-rending limpid beauty.

Is this program difficult? I think it makes demands on the listener. The listener has to be prepared to concentrate. Only in concentrating will the beauty of Feldman's conception become apparent.

Highly enjoyable recording. Excellent performances, sleevenotes and sonics. The only downside- the fact the album is one track long, meaning that no dipping in and out allowed. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feldman's most comical composition 1 Mar. 2006
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None of the reviewers of this piece so far have mentioned what to me is one of its most salient characteristics -- its sense of humor. The dry title doesn't give any clue: perhaps PATTERNS IN A CHROMATIC FIELD TO PERFORM WHILE WAITING FOR GODOT would convey the mood more accurately. It makes me laugh, and laughing is good!

PATTERNS, from 1981, is unlike any other Feldman work, but definitely more like the "still-life" compositions (Cello & Orchestra, Piano & Orchestra, Flute & Orchestra, etc -- see my review of the 2-disc set on CPO), mainly from the 1970s, than like his later "Persian rug" music. PATTERNS is full of startling juxtapositions. The cello and piano play one little pattern after another, often utterly different in style and tone, including wild glissandos, plucking, and other techniques, with abrupt transitions from one to the next. It is not slow, quiet or repetitive as are the celebrated late works that would follow.

The first recording of PATTERNS on hatART is over 100 minutes long, on two discs, fully 1/4 again as long as this Tzadik recording. Based on my experience with FOR SAMUEL BECKETT (1987 -- see my review of the Kairos recording), I am confident that this faster version is preferable. This is great Feldman all the way around -- one of his best, most dynamic and variegated compositions, superbly performed and recorded.

Here's a revealing quote from the liner notes, from Feldman's ESSAYS (1985):

"The abstract, or rather the Abstract Experience, is only one thing -- a unity that leaves one perpetually speculating... The Abstract Experience is a metaphor without an answer. Whereas the literary kind of art, the kind we are close to, is involved in the polemic we associate with religion, the Abstract Experience is really far closer to the religious. It deals with the same mystery -- reality -- whatever you choose to call it."
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