Morton Feldman - For Philip Guston (4xCD)
2019 repress forthcoming. Originally released in 2000. Looking for just one Morton Feldman CD to give to someone that you like more than yourself? There's more than one correct answer to this elusive question, but this overwhelming set (closing in on 300 total minutes) is an utter classic, with paralyzing sonic power. Feldman is recognized as one of the 20th century's most influential composers. Feldman's artistic principles were shaped in the early 1950s by his association with composers John Cage, Earle Brown andDavid Tudor, and painters Philip Guston, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few. In keeping with Feldman's aesthetic privileges of scale over form, For Philip Guston, composed in memory of his late friend, expands to a monumental five hours. On the front cover of the comprehensive 4CD set is a reproduction of Feldman's portrait by Philip Guston. The 16-page liner notes include a conversation between composers Walter Zimmerman and Petr Kotik, exploring the many facets of Feldman's music. Recorded in 1995 and performed by S.E.M. Ensemble (Petr Kotik, flute, alto flute, piccolo; Joseph Kubera, piano, celeste; Chris Nappi, vibraphone, marimbaphone, glockenspiel, chimes).