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Morton Feldman would have been 90 today

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 January 2016

Morton Feldman (c) Barbara Monk Feldman

Today Morton Feldman would have celebrated his 90th anniversary. 30 years ago, he held a lecture at the 33rd International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt.

Watch an excerpt of his lecture

Ivan Ilić plays Morton Feldman

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 September 2015 (comments: 1)

“We listen to Feldman listening. We hear what he hears…we watch him compose in real-time.”

This is going to be a CD not to miss – Ivan Ilić plays Morton Feldman:

Morton Feldman in Darmstadt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 January 2015

Today Morton Feldman would have celebrated his 89th birthday.

As a small gift from our archives, here is an excerpt from his Darmstadt Lecture, which he held on 24 July 1986 at the 33rd International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt:

An evening with the ensemble intercontemporain

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 November 2014

ensemble intercontemporaine (c) Luc Hossepied

On 7 November, soloists of the ensemble intercontemporain present an evening with the music of Steve Reich and Morton Feldman. The concert takes place at the Amphithéâtre of the Cité de la musique, among the works performed will be Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood, Violin Phase and Morton Feldman’s Why patterns?.

Trio Catch plays Feldman in Darmstadt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 August 2014

Trio Catch (c) Trio Catch

Dana Barak, Nils Kohler and Trio Catch will perform Morton Feldman’s 3 Clarinets, Cello and Piano tonight at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music.

Find out more on the website of the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt.

Morton Feldman: 3 Clarinets, Cello and Piano
for 3 clarinets, violoncello and piano | 8'
12.08.2014, Orangerie; Dana Barak, Nils Kohler, cl; Trio Catch

Neither in Berlin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 July 2014

to and fro in shadow from inner to outer shadow
from impenetrable self to impenetrable unself by way of neither

Morton Feldman’s Neither has recently been performed together with Samuel Beckett’s Footfalls at the Staatsoper Berlin.

Watch director Katie Mitchell talk about how the composer and the novelist and playwright met at the Schiller-Theater in Berlin in the 1970s, how Beckett said that he hates opera (“Mr Feldman, I don't like opera.” […] “I don't blame you!”), how Feldman fell over in the Schiller-Theater and how Neither came into existence:

Read a (German) review of the production on nmz online.

★★★★ Morton Feldman: String Quartet No. 1

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 July 2014

Morton Feldman, mode recordsAndrew Clements of The Guardian has reviewed Mode’s new release of a CD and DVD box set of Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 1, the Three Pieces, and Structures, all recorded by the FLUX Quartet.

Read the full review on The Guardian.

Excerpt from the liner notes by Linda Catlin Smith:

The String Quartet No. 1 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...

The winners of the Coups de Coeur Musique Contemporaine

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 October 2013

Coup de Coeur 2013Congratulations!

The winning recordings of this year’s Coups de Coeur Musique Contemporaine of the Académie Charles Cros have been announced.

Among them: Friedrich Cerha’s Schlagzeugkonzert; Impulse für Orchester on Kairos, Harrison Birtwistle’s Complete String Quartets on AEON, and Morton Feldman’s Violin and Orchestra on the ECM New Series.

Read a review of Birtwsitle’s Complete String Quartets on The Guardian.

David Fennessy: Piano Trio | Music for the pauses in a conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 June 2013

Here’s a short video from the ON - Neue Musik Köln on Ensemble Preasenz’ In die Nacht mit John und Morton [into the night with John and Morton]:

The video was taken on 28 November 2012 at the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Köln and features an excerpt of David Fennessy’s excellent Piano Trio | Music for the pauses in a conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman.

Among the pieces performed on this evening, which focused on the friendship between Cage and Feldman, were also Feldman’s For John Cage, Steffen Krebber’s Konfusion IV and John Cage’s Imaginary landscape No. 1.

Morton Feldman: new ECM recording of Violin and Orchestra

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 May 2013

ECM - Morton Feldman, Violin and OrchestraECM Records released a new CD this week: Morton Feldman’s Violin and Orchestra, performed by Carolin Widmann and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emilio Pomàrico.

Andrew Clements of The Guardian writes that “[t]his performance is perfectly judged: Carolin Widmann is a fabulously assured and poetic soloist, taking minute care over the smallest, apparently most insignificant details, and Emilio Pomarico ensures that the orchestral playing is equally refined and scrupulous. It's a beautiful, haunting disc.”

Buy the CD

Read the full review

Neither in Bern

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 April 2013

Today the Swiss première of Morton Feldman’s only opera (or anti-opera) Neither takes place at the Stadttheater Bern. Stefan Schreiber conducts the Berner Symphony Orchestra with soprano Hélène Fauchère.

You can listen to an audio excerpt of the piece or read a work introduction by former interpreter Emilio Pomárico on our dedicated page. There’s also a fascinating article regarding the ‘co-elaboration’ between Feldman and Beckett available at The Modern Word which you shouldn’t miss out on.

Morton Feldman - Neither, Piano Vocal Score, (c) Universal Edition

Opera in 1 act | 55’
3 3 3 4 - 3 3 3 1 - perc(4), hp(2), pno, str
Swiss première, 19/4/2013, Stadttheater Bern; Hélène Fauchère, s; Berner SO, cond. Stefan Schreiber

Vexations in Vienna

Posted on 15 February 2012

Klangforum Wien (Photo: Lukas Beck)

We’re off to the Konzerthaus in Vienna tonight for the latest concert in Klangforum Wien’s IKONEN series.

Under the title Vexations, Klangforum presents a rich programme of UE works:

Pierre Boulez: Mémoriale | ( ... explosante-fixe ... Originel)
Morton Feldman: Instruments 2
Beat Furrer: Time out 1 and 2
Friedrich Cerha: Bruchstück, geträumt

as well as Olga Neuwirth’s ... miramondo multiplo ...

Jean Deroyer conducts, Eva Furrer and Anders Nyqvist are the soloists.

Performances around the world

Posted on 08 November 2011

Luciano for everWhile the Wien Modern festival is raging here in Vienna, here’s a quick look at some other performances around the world this week.

Cornelius Cardew: Autumn 60 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester

Luciano Berio: Linea for 2 pianos, vibraphone and marimba, performed by musikFabrik in Cologne.

Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel at the esplanade in Singapore

Alexander Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg continues at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, together with Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges (see videos)

Julian Yu: Philopentatonia at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo

You can see a full list of all forthcoming performances in our calendar.

Besides Feldman – new CD

Posted on 25 October 2011

Besides Feldmancol legno’s new CD, Besides Feldman, is now available. The project, led by musician and producer Patrick Pulsinger, was part of the Feld(man) Forschung series at the Wien Modern 2010 festival.

The Viennese weekly newspaper Der Falter talks of the “considerable attraction” of the music.

Order at col legno

Listen to excerpts on Amazon

Morton Feldman’s works are here.

Feldman, Birtwistle and Mahler news

Posted on 25 July 2011

Triadic MemoriesFrom this weekend’s blogs and tweets:

Alex Ross reports on a performance of Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories at a floating concert hall in New York.

MahlerNews reports on Twitter that Michael Tilson Thomas’ DVD “Keeping Score: Mahler” has won a German Record Critics’ Prize (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik).

And Norman Lebrecht spots Harrison Birtwistle watching cricket at Lords.