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  • DVD Audio (January 2, 2004)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players. Click here for additional information regarding compatibility.
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: OgreOgress productions
  • ASIN: B000F3T3PK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

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.

Review

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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jmw on November 28, 2008
Format: DVD Audio
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl Bly on December 20, 2008
Format: DVD Audio
Christina Fong has dedicated herself to trying to make people aware that there is more to the world of classical music than the 17th and 18th centuries. She has been playing and recording the music of 20th century composers for many years now. This is another fine example of her work in this area. She and the Rangzen Quartet play the music of Feldman (and some of his disciples) here as well as anyone out there. Get this and sit back and enjoy the music as played by one of the great voices of "modern music".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Redmond on December 3, 2008
Format: DVD Audio
Our lively Christina Fong has once again proved her remarkable talents here with the Rangzen Quartet. This Audio DVD is the very best to listen to, especially when you're stuck in any traffic jam, and have any kind of a working DVD player in your car. There's usually nothing much worthwhile on the radio anyway, and this range of beautiful music will always prove itself useful. Sit back, relax, be well entertained, and leave all your troubles far behind. Enjoy! {:-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Becker on September 23, 2008
Format: DVD Audio
Sure it is classical, but you can hear a number of sub-currents. Is that some Van de Graff Generator in there? It is fun, different. If you are looking for piano concertos, move along. But if you want to expand your musical horizons...
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