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Morton Feldman: Violin & Piano ()

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The works on this two-disc set of music for violin and piano (plus a piece for four pianos) span a large part of Morton Feldman's career, from the tiny 1950 Piece for Violin and Piano to the monumental For John Cage, written in 1982. Although he found a variety of ways of expressing his aesthetic principles, it's intriguing to hear how consistently Feldman held to his vision throughout his career. One of the CDs is devoted to For John Cage, which lasts nearly 80 minutes, and which Feldman described as "a little piece for violin and piano that doesn't quit." It's certainly an apt description because, in spite of its monumental length, it always feels intimate. It's also perhaps the most satisfying work in the collection; its large scope provided a spacious enough canvas on which Feldman could develop his ideas to make their maximum impact. As is virtually always true of Feldman's chamber works, the instruments are equal in their contributions to the musical fabric. The instruments' individual notes and... Hide synopsis

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