Concert Reviews

Apartment House play Feldman

November 9, 2013

Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London. 8th November 2013 A few brief words then on the performance of Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field by a stripped down version of Apartment House last night in London. I am, I think I have written here many times, a huge fan of Morton Feldman’s work, and […]

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CD Reviews

Morton Feldman – Crippled Symmetry

August 8, 2012

2CD Frozen Reeds Its never easy for me personally to write about the music of Morton Feldman. I never quite manage to find words that come even close to doing it justice. I find it even harder to be able to describe what it is about one recording of Feldman that sets it apart from […]

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CD Reviews

Thursday 25th February

February 25, 2010

I got home from London early enough to unwind a little with a glass of average Chablis, half a packet of pistachio cookies and a few spins through of a disc of Morton Feldman’s music. That’s as good a way to relax as any if you ask me. I badly need to be able to spend more time than I have so far with the recent Tilbury DVD of Feldman released on Matchless, but I really do need to give over the best part of a day to that veritable treasure trove. For now though I have been listening to a disc that has been sat here unplayed for a month or so, the third in the MDG Late Piano Works Series performed by Steffen Schleiermacher. I bought, played and quite enjoyed the first two discs in the series a couple of years back now. Those two discs contained the two late masterpieces, For Bunita Marcus and Triadic Memories, and to be honest I thought maybe that would be it for the series, but no, this third disc has now arrived.

The CD contains two compositions. The first is Piano, (sometimes known as Piano 77) which, having been written some ten years before his death possibly stretches the definition of “late piano works” a little, and also Palais de Mari, one of the composer’s very last pieces written in 1986. I already have five or six versions of Piano amongst my Feldman collection (which now spans all of a four foot wide shelf) and maybe twice as many again recordings of Palais de Mari, but I was interested to hear what Steffen Schleiermacher would make of them, given my enjoyment of the first two discs in the series. Almost a year ago I wrote briefly about his Bunita Marcus disc here and stated in the post that I would have to try and track down some of Schleiermacher’s massive series of recordings of the complete John Cage piano works. With almost inevitable displeasure I have to announce that I still haven’t done this. Maybe I will soon.

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CD Reviews

Tuesday 3rd March

March 4, 2009

An even later post tonight, just after 2AM as I sit down this time. Work was tiring and long again today and travelling home on the train it was all I could do to stay awake let alone listen to any music. So please forgive a shorter post for now. I might add some more […]

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Spot the difference

April 29, 2007

Following a difficult week I took the rare opportunity provided Saturday evening by a for once peaceful Pinnell Towers to switch off my phone, and with it the rest of the world and spend some time alone, slouched on the sofa with a chilled bottle of chardonnay, a good book and three different versions of […]

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