Kategorie

Morton Feldman: String Quartet No.1, Structures, Three Pieces - Feldman Edition 12 [2CD+DVD Video]


  • Kod: MODE269
  • Producent: Mode Records
  • Wykonawca: FLUX Quartet
  • Nośnik: 3CD
  • Kompozytor: Morton Feldman
  • Cena: 114,99 zł
  • Poleć produkt

Współczesna Muzyka Klasyczna / Kameralistyka
premiera polska:
2017-06-19,
Wydawnicto Audiofilskie

kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: digipackowe etui
opis:

multikulti.com - ocena * * * * *:
Choć Morton Feldman żył zaledwie 61 lat, pozostawił po sobie wyraźny ślad na mapie muzyki XX wieku. Przypisuje się Feldmana do nurtu minimalistów, choć z jego ikonami jak Philip Glass czy Steve Reich nie miał nic wspólnego. Bliżej mu do Johna Cage'a czy LaMonte Younga. Z tym pierwszym wiąże się anegdota. Gdy pewnego razu Feldman musiał odpowiedzieć Cage'owi na pytanie, jak napisał swój pierwszy kwartet smyczkowy, mętnie coś tłumaczył, na co Cage gruchnął - Morton, ja nic z tego nie rozumiem! Powiedz wreszcie, jak to napisałeś! Na to Feldman odrzekł, że tak naprawdę nie ma pojęcia, jak to napisał. Na to Cage wybuchnął entuzjazmem i krzyczał, skacząc pod sufit jak ucieszone dziecko: czyż to nie cudowne!? On napisał coś tak pięknego - i nie ma pojęcia, jak to się stało!

Trzypłytowe wydawnictwo zasłużonej nowojorskiej oficyny MODE prezentuje właśnie ten wczesny, pierwszy kwartet smyczkowy w znakomitym wykonaniu FLUX Quartet, uzupełniony o 'Structures' z 1951 roku i 'Three Pieces for String Quartet' z lat 1954-1956. Krążek DVD zawiera 'String Quartet No.1' w dwóch opcjach audio - 24-bit stereo lub surround-sound. To bodaj pierwsze dostępne nagranie feldmanowskiego kwartetu smyczkowego w referencyjnej jakości nagrania.

FLUX Quartet od początku swojego powstania skupia się na wykonawstwie nowej muzyki klasycznej. Mają na swoim koncie wiele prawykonań takich kompozytorów jak Michael Byron, Julio Estrada, David First, Oliver Lake, Alvin Lucier, Marc Neikrug, Matthew Welch. Często są zapraszani przez luminarzy awangardy jazzowej jak Thomas Buckner, Ornette Coleman, Joan La Barbara, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill. Koncertują na całym świecie.

Po nagraniu hipnotyzującego, sześciogodzinnego II Kwartetu smyczkowego Mortona Feldmana, także dla MODE, posypał się na nich deszcz nagród i znakomitych recenzji w fachowej prasie. Teraz przedstawiają jego I Kwartet smyczkowy.

Dla melomanów zaznajomionych z dorobkiem Feldmana nie jest tajemnicą, że pojęcie czasu jest u niego obok barwy zdecydowanie najważniejszym, formotwórczym narzędziem kompozytorskiego warsztatu. W zależności od zamierzonej rozpiętości dźwiękowych medytacji utwory trwają od jednej minuty do 5 godzin.

FLUX Quartet doskonale wyczuwa najmniejsze artykulacyjne niuanse fascynujących i zróżnicowanych dramaturgicznie kompozycji Feldmana. Podobnie ma się rzecz z surową estetyką brzmienia, która urzeka tajemniczą, egzotyczną urodą. Jednocześnie są to utwory o niezrównanej atmosferze i subtelności. Trudno zrozumieć przewrotne piękno muzyki Feldmana, nie sposób jednak mu się oprzeć.

Drugi tom feldmanowskiej serii w wykonaniu FLUX Quartet to prawdziwe arcydzieło!
autor: Witek Leśniak
Copyright © 1996-2017 Multikulti Project. All rights reserved

Editor's info:
The FLUX Quartet follow their acclaimed, best selling recording of Feldman’s monumental 6-hour String Quartet No. 2 (mode 112, 5-CDs or 1-DVD) with this release, thus completing their cycle of Feldman’s string quartets.

The FLUX Quartet are the first ensemble to record all of Feldman’s string quartets.

String Quartet No. 1 is one of Feldman’s earliest long-scale pieces. Unlike other recordings of String Quartet No.1, the FLUX recording respects Feldman’s tempo and all of the repeats, making it the longest recording of the piece.

The set also contains Feldman’s two quartets from the 1950s: Three Pieces and Structures.

Each of these string quartets presents us with a distinctive world. A very fine sensibility is behind these worlds, Feldman’s ears and imagination are attuned to the incredible detail of tiny complexities of sound. He gives attention to things one might otherwise overlook. No sound is too ordinary, too small, or too plain – in fact the small, ordinary, plain sounds are given a certain radiance, a renewed and rich inner life.

Structures (1951) presents us with a fragile and extremely delicate texture, almost transparent at times, like a finely woven gauze. It has moments of re-iteration, with slightly varied repetitions, like undulations, like breathing.

The Three Pieces (1954-1956) form a triptych of sound worlds that have a similarity of tone, color, and density; they often feature sustained tones overlaid with plucked tones, creating a weave or counterpoint of longer notes colored by shorter ones.

String Quartet (1979) is a work of far-reaching scope, even grandeur. It is long enough to get lost in, and yet it has many recurrences or near-recurrences that offer moments of familiarity within this strange and beautiful music. The piece ranges through many different territories: the chorale-like succession of soft chords followed by the quietest of single notes; dense pizzicato thickets and lonely pizzicato tones; fierce loud moments (rare for Feldman) that seem to obliterate all that came before; winding melodic figures, and sad oscillations that breathe, hover and float; moments of quickness – almost breathlessness – giving the work sudden eruptions of urgency; an exquisitely long orchestration of one note, like the spinning of multiple strands into a single thread.

Liner notes by Linda Catlin Smith.

2-CDs + bonus DVD packaged in deluxe slipcase. The DVD presents the music in 24-bit stereo and surround-sound options. The FLUX Quartet’s performance of String Quartet No.1 is almost 90 minutes long. While it must be split over two CDs, the DVD presents the performance uninterrupted (note: no video content).

Reviews:

SFGate
New York’s formidable Flux Quartet has made something of a specialty of Morton Feldman’s terrifying six-hour String Quartet No. 2 (including a fine recording), so the group’s new recording of the String Quartet No. 1 - which clocks in at a mere 80 minutes or thereabouts - feels almost like a bagatelle. Almost, but not really: Feldman's gentle repeating patterns and spare, exquisitely etched harmonies are still an immersive experience at whatever length, and the First Quartet, from 1979, is no exception. On this recording, part of Mode’s complete Feldman Edition, Flux takes an interesting approach, rendering the music with a vivid muscularity that keeps it from sounding precious or mannered, but also robs it of a bit of its trademark delicacy. Still, this is a wonderfully expansive and poised reading, and the inclusion of two other short works for quartet (“Structures” and “Three Pieces”) only enriches the experience.
by Joshua Kosman

ClassicsToday.com
Artistic Quality: 10/10
Sound Quality: 10

Unlike the repetitions and slow-moving shifts characterizing his five-to-six-hour-long String Quartet No. 2, Morton Feldman’s 1979 String Quartet No. 1 is more of a mosaic on the surface, full of fragments bound by small silences. There are beautiful soft cluster chords in all registers, sometimes combining normal tones and harmonics, sometimes mixed bowed and plucked notes. Each instrument rapidly tosses the same pitch back and forth, articulating it differently. A few momentary pizzicato major and augmented chords jar the listener out of dissonant complacency. Glissandos appear and retreat rapidly. You never know what sound or pattern will come next, but Feldman manages to hold your attention throughout the quartet’s duration.

The FLUX Quartet’s recording differs from the work’s previous two commercial versions in several important respects. The ensemble adheres as strictly as possible to Feldman’s tempo directives and observes all of the written repeats, taking up 89 minutes to the Ives Ensemble’s 77 minutes and the Group for Contemporary Music’s 78 minutes. Compared to the latter two’s relatively close and detailed microphone placement, the FLUX Quartet is captured at a more distant perspective that allows the composer’s wide range of soft to super-soft dynamics to register in a realistic perspective. Then again, the FLUX Quartet calibrates balances, dynamics, and tonal shadings with a sense of refined teamwork that still allows each member’s individual profile its due.

Leader Tom Chiu’s control of high harmonics, violist Max Mandel’s warm tone on the low strings, cellist Felix Fan’s range of pizzicato colors, and second violinist Conrad Harris’ deft register shifts warrant special notice. They bring equal concentration and commitment to a pair of earlier and much shorter Feldman works, Three Pieces for String Quartet and Structures. While the main work’s 89-minute duration requires a spillover onto a second CD, Mode includes a DVD transfer for those who want to hear this gripping work (and very special performance) uninterrupted. Recommended.
by Jed Distler

Gramophone

Two other worthy versions of Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No 1 (1979) – by The Group for Contemporary Music (originally on Koch, subsequently reissued by Naxos) and by members of the Ives Ensemble on Hat Hut – are around and about but this new one by the NYC-based FLUX Quartet leapfrogs into an easy pole position.

Feldman’s String Quartet No 1 marked an important point of transition. The motivic tics of his late chamber music – key works such as Patterns in a Chromatic Field, For John Cage and Piano and String Quartet – all derived something from the gestural DNA of this quartet, which was itself a distillation of Feldman’s earlier music. And the FLUX Quartet give us what amounts to a director’s cut: a wilful and unhurried performance that goes big on the small details.

The FLUX Quartet’s approach puts Feldman in the wider American tradition of open-ended form, pieces that travel with their material rather than resolve anything: the world of Charles Ives, Jack Kerouac and Gary Snyder. The Ives Ensemble present a neatly finished and concluded piece but the FLUX Quartet chisel and shape this compositional object into being in front of our ears.

Which doesn’t make it easy for us, or for them. The performance clocks in at 90 minutes – a whole 14 minutes longer than the Ives Ensemble – and their slow, deliberate tempo pursues Feldman’s structure to the very point of disintegration. Moments of harmonic arrival are big moments indeed. A sweet meets-sour descending chromatic flutter becomes a moving marker on the landscape, and there are others too; otherwise we’re eavesdropping on an uncomfortable struggle to put music together, a structure that keeps collapsing under the strain, leaving disorientated lines to find their anchor as figurations splinter: pizzicatos falling to the studio floor like a sculptor’s debris, sustained harmonics twisting into outlandishly counterintuitive shapes.

Mode present the piece over two CDs, while a bonus DVD (with 5.1 surround sound) lets you hear the 90-minute structure unbroken. The sound is exceptionally rounded and deep, and two early string quartet miniatures, Structures (1951) and Three Pieces (1954-56), complete this catnip for Feldmanistas.
by Philip Clark

muzycy:
Tom Chiu: violin
Conrad Harris: violin
Max Mandel: viola
Felix Fan: cello

utwory:
String Quartet No.1 (1979) 89:49

Structures (1951) 5:55

Three Pieces for String Quartet (1954-56) 13:24

DVD with the complete 90 minute audio performance uninterrupted

more info: www.moderecords.com
more info2: www.fluxquartet.com

Obrazek 1

Obrazek 1


Obrazek 1


Obrazek 1


partner wydawnictwa: