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Feldman: Palais De Mari / Piano

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  • Composer: Morton Feldman
  • Audio CD (January 8, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: L'empreinte Digitale
  • ASIN: B00005NBO9
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael Schell on October 12, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I was happy to approach this offering from my philosophy of "the more Feldman the better". Ronnie Lynn Patterson is an unfamiliar name to me, but he seems to spend most of his time in France, was a percussionist before he was a pianist, and has performed improvisational as well as notated music. Here he takes on Feldman's two medium-length solo piano pieces. I find the results a little mixed.

Like most Feldman compositions, Piano, from 1977, is very slow, pitch-oriented, atonal and non-metered (by ear, though not by eye). Its language is similar to many other atonal postmodern piano works, like Cage's Music of Changes, Stockhausen's Klavierstück VI and Boulez's Second Piano Sonata. But while those reference works are dynamically and texturally varied, Feldman's piece is consistently soft and homophonic, consisting almost entirely of single notes and chords, with an occasional arpeggio or loud chord added for variety. There's some durational differentiation: certain chords are short, others are sustained, and in several cases, each hand has a different sustaining value. Or at least it's supposed to work that way. Patterson regrettably ignores most of Feldman's scrupulous durational directions, sustaining chords indiscriminately even where Feldman has differentiated between short and long values. Several times Feldman asks for a simultaneously-struck chord to be short in the left hand but sustained in the right hand, whereas Patterson sustains the notes in both hands.
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I didn't have the heart to give it 1 Star, but I just don't like the approach. Both pieces are exactly 39+mins. a piece, just enough to make a "full" CD. The mere notion that this might have been done on purpose, or that this was "cool", make me want to listen to Brian Eno or Harold Budd. You can decide if you to hear either of these pieces stretched out to 40 minutes a piece, sloppily. No, don't say "Cagean". nooooooo!!

ABSOLUTELY NOT NOT NOT RECOMMENDED
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