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Plays Morton Feldman Original recording remastered

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10. Piano26:44Album Only
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  • Audio CD (September 24, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mode
  • ASIN: B000000NZ7
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Forbes on November 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Aki Takahashi has impeccable credentials with Feldman's music. She was the composer's pianist of choice during the last decade of his life, when he was giving extensive lecture demonstrations on his work. And her recording of Piano and String Quartet with the Kronos is a darn near perfect album. So I looked to this CD with great hope, both as a listening experience and as a model for my own attempts at playing some of Feldman's music. I have not been disappointed.
The CD is really a broad sampling of Feldman's solo piano music. While not all of these pieces are top drawer Feldman, they do present a great overview of his stylistic development. In fact, the only major development missing is the graphically notated scores with which he initially made his reputation. The four part Illusions is the earliest work on the recording, and quite unlike any other Feldman work that I've heard or played. It clearly shows the influence of his teacher, Stepan Wolpe on the young Feldman. Like Wolpe's music, it is not serial, but it is freely atonal. The rhythms are jagged and the dynamics varied. Overall the effect is close to the Webern Piano Variations.

Written just a year later, the two Intermissions (from a series of 6 total pieces) signal the beginning of Feldman's first mature style and introduce the obsessions that the composer would become known for. The most striking thing about these pieces is the silence and space which are deeply integrated into the work. The decay of the piano, and the delicacy of attack become primary elements of the language. Musically the works consist of small points of sound...either single notes, widely spaced double notes or tense but soft clusters of highly dissonant chords...each separated by silence and space.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1999
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If you ever met Morton Feldman you would never think his delicate sensual music is connected to the large burly kind of man, one time change smoker heavy New York accent,avaricious eater. Feldman emerged from the New York scene with John Cage they both made their fascination for the visual work for them in their music,in terms of musical process,duration time structure and unmusical concepts that become musical over time. Feldman has always been more lyrical having a greater magnetism toward purely arresting unshaped beauty. His primary aesthetic field has always been the piano, and Aki Takahashi has selected(not always so important) works throughout Feldman's career.In the longest work here "Piano" some 20 minutes we find a beginning interest in the pure beauty and problematics of writings longer works,musical works spanning hours. Like a voyager sailing the seas for months. The trick is to engaged a process that can unfold over these mammoth time fields and contain the unfolding of simple tones. All of this late music I dare to say began to become more accessible and homogenized,simple two voice ideas would last longer instead of (as we find in early Feldman) the almost continuous shifting of piano registers floating in an out of differering piano timbres as the early works here attests. This music inspired a generation and continues to inspire younger generation that perhaps philosophically we need beauty in this world and should unabashedly search for what quites the mind yet keeping our options open.
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