MORTON FELDMAN (1926-1987): The Viola in My Life (Karen Phillips [viola], Anahid Afemian [violin], Seymour Barab [cello], David Tudor [piano], Paula Robison [flute], Arthur Bloom [clarinet], Raymond DesRoches [percussion], Morton Feldman [conductor]. Rec. 1970), False Relationships and the Extended Ending (Matthew Raimondi [violin], Seymour Barab [cello], Paul Jacobs, Tuji Takahashi [pianos], Arnold Fromme [trombone], Richard Fitz [percussion], Feldman [conductor]. Rec. 1970), Why Patterns? (Eberhard Blum [flute], Jan Williams [percussion], Feldman [piano]. Rec. 1978).
Catalogue Number: 12I081
Label: New World
Description: An important collection, not only for the composer's participation, but because of the unusual stylistic examples of Feldman's œuvre it contains, especially the conventionally notatedViola. This work has a relatively sumptuous harmonic sense, for Feldman - parts of it sound quite tonal, in fact, although the underlying principle which fundamentally applies to most of his output - effectively choosing the most interesting sound for a given moment, and then juxtaposing another, the contemplation of which somehow continues the mental processes and memory-functions initiated by the previous one, in the absense of conventional development or logical process. The other two works are also notated but the notated parts can be freely varied in their temporal relation to each other, allowing considerable flexibility in the vertical alignment of events (avoiding logical process and conventional polyphonic interaction again), and also of duration. Original CRI release.