Welcome to Modes Third Bulletin for 2003.
NEW THIS MONTH:
Morton FELDMAN: "Late Works with Clarinet" -- Carol Robinson
plays Clarinet & String Quartet; 3 Clarinets, Cello & Piano; and
Bass clarinet & Percussion (see below)
COMING NEXT MONTH:
John CAGE: The Piano Works 5 -- 4 Walls; Three Easy Pieces;
Haydee Schvarts, piano
Jack Bruce, voice
Haydee Schvartz, an outstanding pianist who studied with the late Yvar
Mikhashoff is joined here by the amazing Jack Bruce (formerly of the legendary
rock/blues group Cream)
...AND AFTER THAT:
We honor the late Lou HARRISON with a collection of chamber
works from 1939-2000 performed by the California Parallèle Ensemble,
Nicole Paiement, conductor
Works of Alvin LUCIER with Hildegaard Kleeb (piano), Roland
Dahinden (trombone) and The Arditti Quartet
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Mode 119 ? Feldman Edition 7
MORTON FELDMAN (1926-1987)
LATE WORKS WITH CLARINET
Carol Robinson, solo clarinet & bass clarinet
1. Three Clarinets, Cello and Piano (1971)
Pierre Dutrieu, clarinet, Olivier Voize, clarinet
Elena Andreyev, cello Vincent Leterme, piano
2. Bass Clarinet and Percussion (1981)
Françoise Rivalland, percussion Peppie Wiersma,
3. Clarinet and String Quartet (1983)
Quatuor Diotima: Eiichi Chijiiwa, violin Nicolas Miribel,
Franck Chevalier, viola Pierre Morlet,
Renowned Parisian based clarinettist Carol Robinson is accompanied by
leading European musicians in a magical disc of Feldmans music.
These works are combined on one disc for the first time.
Clarinet and String Quartet. A meandering clarinet line blends into
and colors the string quartet sound, generating a hybrid timbre, almost
as if the clarinet were taking on the identity of a string harmonic. Without
melody, the listener somehow reaches a momentary solemnity, and even, elation.
Three Clarinets, Cello and Piano. Feldman thought of this piece
as a still life, and indeed its calm is immediately striking to the listener.
Shimmering clusters resonate, solo lines of utter simplicity emerge expressively.
Noteworthy are the extreme dynamics, particularly the loud moments, highly
unusual for Feldman.
Bass-Clarinet and Percussion. Music of a floating quality with rhythms
that expand and contract against a steady but unheard pulse. A piece of
extremes: brutally high for both timpani and bass clarinet, with large
interval leaps and discretely modulating timbres, all within an exaggeratedly
reduced dynamic. This is perhaps among Feldmans most mysterious and otherworldly
The two-part liner notes consist of an essay by Ernstalbrecht Steibler,
former director of Neue Musik at the Hessischer Rundfunk in Germany; and
detailed notes on the works by Carol Robinson.
Also by Carol Robinson on Mode Records
Alain BANCQUART: Le Livre du Labyrinthe (mode 120/121, 2-CDs)
Luigi NONO: Voices of Protest (mode 87)
Giacinto SCELSI: Music For High Winds (mode 102)
Also by Morton Feldman on Mode Records:
Vol.1: Piano works played by Aki Takahashi. (mode 54)
Vol. 2: First Recordings: 1950swith the Turfan Ensemble (mode
Vol. 3: Complete Works for Violin and PianoSabat/Clarke Duo
(mode 82/83, 2-CDs)
Vol. 4: The Straits of Magellan; Durations; Projections; Two
Piecesthe Turfan Ensemble (mode 103)
Vol. 5: Voices and Instrumentsthe Barton Workshop (mode 107)
Vol. 6: String Quartet No.2FLUX Quartet (mode 112, 1-DVD or
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