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Feldman: Rothko Chapel / Why Patterns?
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Rothko Chapel, written to be played in the famous Houston space, is a wonderful piece, one that should win new converts to the Feldman cause. It isn't daunting in length, like many later Feldman pieces, yet it retains the sonic beauty and delicacy of instrumental color that makes Feldman unique. The piece is also remarkably tonal, unlike many other Feldman works. The gorgeous hushed soprano solo sounds like a distant call to prayer. Feldman talks in the liner notes of the influence of Hebrew cantilation and you can hear it, although it is much more distant than most cantilation. This work is an example of the best kind of ambient music. It is endlessly fascinating, and yet seems to have a physical presence that does not depend on your concentration. You can listen intently or just let the sound wash over you.
Inclusion of Why Patterns? was a good idea. This work is much more typical of Feldman's style. Written for the combination of flute, glockenspiel and piano, the almost 30 minute work is a slow spinning out of subtley dissonant patterns, all at extremely quiet volume levels. The work doesn't seem to start or stop. It's as if we are dropping in on an eternal piece of music, hanging around a while and then leaving again.Read more ›
(In July of 2006 I visited the Rothko Chapel, which is part of the Menil Collection. It is a dark space, with the very dark Rothkos on the walls -- it feels more like a crypt, or a bomb shelter, than a chapel, but it is still active, with various events sponsored by any and all religions, including events promoting peace.)
The exquisite "Rothko Chapel" alone would be an utterly uncharacteristic introduction to Feldman. Fortunately, in that sense, this disc also includes "Why Patterns?", which is an excellent and far more representative piece. From 1978, for flute, glockenspiel and piano, it unfolds like a delicate spiral, invoking a sense of wonder.
As a reminder that packages might as well be attractive too, New Albion uses Rothko's "Red Over Dark Blue on Dark Gray" (1961) for the cover -- perfecto!
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The music helped my work flow which suprized me. Things became more clear and my ability to focus was apparent and I gained perspective and greater understanding.Published 14 months ago by Nicklas Härnryd
This is a beautiful and meditative CD. I love listening to it's atmospheric sounds as I work in my studio and have ordered it for 3 different friends.Published 21 months ago by Renee Stout
It is one of my favourite albums to close my day with. Highly recommended, especially if you are a fan of what some call minimalism but what I call music with time and space for... Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Christopher Sanderson
My complaint is not with the work or the recording. The problem is that this CD (sold by Amazon) is a cheap reproduction of the original New Albion issue and does not include the... Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by GORDON WELLER
Cage's influence on Feldman is obvious in most of the latter's works, and certainly also in the works on this disc. Read morePublished on January 16, 2009 by G.D.
A repetitive chorus of female voices, moaning, wailing, like a train heard passing from nowhere to nowhere at three in the morning, this is the coldest offering to the ear I've... Read morePublished on July 25, 2004 by M. Hori
A friend of mine said I should check out Rothko Chapel. He said when he was in college he would go out and play golf and bake in the sun while listening to Rothko Chapel. Read morePublished on June 29, 2004