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Strings, Keyboard, Percussion, Voices, Horn

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Sixteenth in a series with previously unreleased works by well-known composers, this 90-minute 96kHz|24bit Audio DVD features the world premiere recordings of 11 chamber works by Barbara Monk and Morton Feldman.

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Another husband and wife team with comparable balance of achievement. After the upsurge in Morton Feldman's popularity after his death, there are still some works left unrecorded, mostly miniatures. This audio DVD, consisting mostly of compositions from the 1950s and 60s, has taken care of some of them. Running for half a minute, the most minimal of them here is For Stockhausen, Cage, Stravinsky and Mary Sprinson from 1972 (Sprinson was a girlfriend of Feldman). The most compelling piece here, in my reckoning, is Dance Suite [For Merle Marsicano] from 1963. It is a spacious, hieratic-sounding work for percussion instruments, including piano and celeste. Extensions 5 is a beautiful work for two cellos in the Extensions series. There are also four works by Feldman's wife Barbara Monk Feldman, which were written between 1988-98. --Andy Hamilton, The Wire, February 2011

This is an audio-only DVD containing early Morton Feldman chamber works from the 50s and 60s along with four pieces by his wife Barbara Monk Feldman, once a student of his at SUNY-Buffalo. Mrs Feldman's four pieces date from the late 80s and the 90s. The music is obviously influenced by her then recently deceased husband's, but hers is slightly gentler and dare I say it, 'feminine'. Her Duo for piano and percussion from 1988 is very beautiful. Her notes, involving vanishing lines in Gorky, could have been written by her husband, though the piece probably could not have (the influence is obvious, though). The Gentlest Chord (1991), on a Rilke sonnet, is sung by unaccompanied soprano, and also is influenced by early Cage. Clear Edge (1993) is a lovely five-minute piece for piano, unassuming and freely tonal, and was written in Cage's memory. Finally, For a Violet Cloud (1998) is a mysterious drifting piece for violin and cello that strives to produce 'barely identifiable' natural forms floating through space. This it does, though 25 musical minutes of it may try the patience of many. Sound is SACD quality -- which, I am told, is the point of recording music on DVD (which this label does exclusively). --Allen Gimbel, American Record Guide, March/April 2011

OgreOgress Productions has been putting out a string of wonderfully arcane recordings that simultaneously meet a great need. In particular they've been devoted to filling in the gaps of the Morton Feldman discography. I have a few of the releases, and am very grateful for them. This disc opens yet another chapter in the archival quest, including several pieces by the composer's widow, Barbara Monk Feldman. The 1963 four-movement, 20-plus-minute Dance Suite is the most substantial work on the Morton Feldman side of the program, and most similar in its rhetoric to Feldman's landmark works of the period. the 1998 Pour un Nuage Violet for violin and cello is the work that stands out. It's about 25 minutes, resolutely nonlinear in its form and unfolding, and uses extensive repetition. But it also has ornate instrumental lines that are arabesques, like ink swirling in water. It's a very different, personal take on the M. Feldman paradigm. I find it moving and haunting. A must for all Feldmaniacs. --Robert Carl, Fanfare, March/April 2011

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Morton Feldman: Two Pieces [For Danny Stern] 1. Allegro
  2. Morton Feldman: Two Pieces [For Danny Stern] 2. Intermezzo
  3. Morton Feldman: Extensions 5
  4. Morton Feldman: Two Instruments
  5. Morton Feldman: Wind [For Naomi Newman]
  6. Morton Feldman: Followe Thy Faire Sunne
  7. Morton Feldman: Dance Suite [For Merle Marsicano] I
  8. Morton Feldman: Dance Suite [For Merle Marsicano] II
  9. Morton Feldman: Dance Suite [For Merle Marsicano] III
  10. Morton Feldman: Dance Suite [For Merle Marsicano] IV
  11. Morton Feldman: For Stockhausen, Cage, Stravinsky and Mary Sprinson
  12. Barbara Monk Feldman: Duo for Piano and Percussion
  13. Barbara Monk Feldman: The Gentlest Chord
  14. Barbara Monk Feldman: Clear Edge
  15. Barbara Monk Feldman: Pour un Nuage Violet


Product details

  • DVD Audio (January 3, 2008)
  • 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: B003ASVPXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,807 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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