Morton Feldman - Works for String Quartet
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Cat No: MODE269270
Format: CD + DVD
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 28th July 2014
WorksPieces (3) for string quartet
String Quartet (1979)
Structures for String Quartet
The FLUX Quartet follow their acclaimed, best-selling recording of Feldman’s monumental 6-hour String Quartet No.2 with this release, thus completing their cycle of Feldman’s string quartets, the first ensemble to do so.
String Quartet No.1 is one of Feldman’s earliest long-scale pieces. Unlike other recordings, FLUX respects Feldman’s tempo and all of the repeats, making it the longest recording of the piece.
Each of these string quartets inhabits a distinctive world, attuned to the incredible detail of tiny complexities of sound. Feldman 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, 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, colour and density..
'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.
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).
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