Second in a series with previously unreleased works by emerging composers, this 96-minute 96kHz|24bit Audio DVD features 4 world premiere recordings and the only available digital recording of 3 string quartet works by Morton Feldman.
This is an amazing product. The use of the Audio DVD medium means that the approximately 80-minute ceiling for CD is binned and the intrepid label OgreOgress can afford to experiment even further. And experiment they do. On one level, this disc is stimulating as it reminds us of one direction music went in (Feldman) and shows us how various composers chose to pretty much keep it there, adding their own spin on things. On another level, of course, the disc is deeply relaxing, if not mesmerizing. Whatever it is, it is certainly fascinating.
Colin Clarke, Fanfare, 2007
Two early quartet works by Feldman and four newer compositions by composers who all seem to honor or engage in dialog with his work. David Toub's mf is an essay in repetitive figurations and slowly shifting harmonies. The figurations and minor dissonance give the music a restless quality that's very effective. The fairly unchanging rate of change in the music reminds me of Gavin Bryars' first string quartet or Graham Fitkin's masterly Slow, recorded on Argo. David Beardsley's work, a 30-minute essay in just intonation, unfolds very slowly, which helps the listener experience the just intonation in unusual depth. David Kotlowy's of Shade to Light sounds the most like Feldman with its delicate textures and careful choices of sonority. John Prokop's New England, Late Summer is quite atmospheric and evocative -- it reminds me of film music (I mean that as a compliment), but music for a very unusual and beautiful art film. Feldman's pieces are quiet essays in dissonance and spare gesture. The miracle of his music is the eerie rightness of every moment from beginning to end. All the works are beautifully played; the sound quality is a little dry but spacious and warm.
Rob Haskins, American Record Guide, January/February 2007
This disc is an audio DVD containing three works by Morton Feldman along with new works by four other composers. While the Feldman pieces are what grabs attention, some of the other works are very interesting indeed. Little-known composers need exposure … for the three works by Toub, Kotolwy and Prokop, this disc offers a rare chance to discover some composers who merit much more attention.
Kirk McElhearn, MusicWeb, January 2007