Morton Feldman: Early Piano Pieces / Sabine Liebner, piano

Album Summary

>Feldman, Morton : Intermissions 1 & 2, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Intermission 3, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Intermission 4, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Intermission 5, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Intermission 6, for 1 or 2 pianos
>Feldman, Morton : Variations, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Nature pieces, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Extensions 3, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Piano Piece 1952, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Three Pieces for Piano, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Piano Piece 1955
>Feldman, Morton : Piano Piece 1956 A, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Piano Piece 1956 B, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Last Pieces, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Vertical Thoughts 4, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Piano Piece (to Philip Guston), for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Piano Piece 1964, for piano
>Feldman, Morton : Piano, for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Together with John Cage, Earle Brown and Christian Wolff, Morton Feldman is a member of the New York School of contemporary music. Feldman's music is characterized by minimalist structures - although he was never close to the minimalism of Reich or Glass - and contemplative sounds (without being meditational). His works are based on the concept of "less-ness," i.e., they do not aim to express anything and follow no logic of musical development. Nevertheless, his works are of utmost complexity and require an extremely sensitive interpretation that is focused down to the last detail. The piano pieces compiled on the present two CDs and played with consummate virtuosity by Sabine Liebner offer a cross-section of his entire compositional output.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Cage's famous remark that Feldman's music is sometimes "perhaps too beautiful" is good to keep in mind when listening to his work for the first time. Its beauty resides in the careful and the delicate textures and dynamics. Every moment in these pieces comes as a complete. He was quite content to be a composer, and his music is superb. Liebner is an artist I can depend on to immerse herself in a composer's work and deliver readings of it that are complex, gorgeous, and authoritative. Every attack is perfect, every note perfectly audible; her variety of timbre matches the endless surprise of the music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009).



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Works Details

>Feldman, Morton : Intermissions 1 & 2, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Feldman, Morton : Intermission 3, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Feldman, Morton : Intermission 4, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Feldman, Morton : Intermission 5, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Feldman, Morton : Intermission 6, for 1 or 2 pianos
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Feldman, Morton : Variations, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Feldman, Morton : Nature pieces, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Feldman, Morton : Extensions 3, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Feldman, Morton : Piano Piece 1952, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Feldman, Morton : Three Pieces for Piano, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Feldman, Morton : Piano Piece 1955
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Feldman, Morton : Piano Piece 1956 A, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Feldman, Morton : Piano Piece 1956 B, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Feldman, Morton : Last Pieces, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Feldman, Morton : Vertical Thoughts 4, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Feldman, Morton : Piano Piece (to Philip Guston), for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Feldman, Morton : Piano Piece 1964, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Feldman, Morton : Piano, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischen Rundfunks (01/27/2009-01/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977