ex wikipedia : "Morton Feldman (January 12, 1926 - September 3, 1987) was an American composer, born in New York City. A major figure in 20th century music, Feldman was a pioneer of indeterminate music, a development associated with the experimental New York School of composers also including John Cage, Christian Wolff, and Earle Brown. Feldman's works are characterized by notational innovations that he developed to create his characteristic sound: rhythms that seem to be free and floating; pitch shadings that seem softly unfocused; a generally quiet and slowly evolving music; recurring asymmetric patterns. His later works, after 1977, also begin to explore extremes of duration."
and so to my brief review -
another brand new amazon buy of another key 20th C composer - one Morton Feldman. having started with Reich,Adams,Glass some 15 years ago + continue to delve ever deeper into their works since. i recently bought , enjoyed + reviewed here on amazon - other naxos re-releaes of other lesser known yet influential US composers : Henry Cowell + Conlon Nancarrow.
in essence - as a contemporary + friend of John Cage - Feldman's music + the Quartet here,at 78 minutes this work is an intriguing "less is more" quartet that for me taps into greatly extended time/space/repetition modes used by La Monte Young,Cage etc with use of contemplation, stillness + occasional dissonant moments with little in the obvious way of theme or development but rather of elliptical progression. Feldman's work sounds also similar to but temporally is far beyond Sofia Gubaidulina's + Gyorgy Ligeti's similarly sparse,otherworldy quartets. all here to powerful effect. spiritual or desolate ? you decide - all works can also be found uploaded on youtube prior to taking the plunge perhaps. next at some point for me is Feldman's 2nd Quartet - lasting 6 hours..