Notes & Reviews:
Carolin Widmann's widely acclaimed ECM recordings have traversed a broad arc of music - from Schubert to Xenakis. Here she turns her attention to one of the pivotal compositions of Morton Feldman. Violin and orchestra, composed in 1979, marked a new direction, with an almost painterly attention to detail in slowly unfolding music. It is not a concerto in the strict sense of the term, not soloist with orchestral support. The violinist must move inside the glowing color-field of sound. In this landmark Feldman recording, Widmann does so with great delicacy and feeling exploring the subtle orchestral texture, crafted together with conductor Emilio Pomarico and the players of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Sunday Times, 12th May 2013
A gloriously abstract tapestry of unprecedented sounds. A compelling journey every time.
The Guardian, 16th May 2013
This 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.
The Independent, 10th May 2013
Widmann's performance here is exemplary in its eschewal of virtuosic gesture, instead quietly navigating the abstractly shifting sound-bed of the orchestra like a fish finding its place within a sea current.
American Record Guide, September/October 2013
In the case of Violin and Orchestra, I read about it long ago, around 1983, in the wonderful book of interviews called Soundpieces. Widmann's performance is absolutely riveting.
Recording information: Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt, Germany (10/2009).
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Works DetailsFeldman, Morton : Violin and Orchestra
- Performers: Morton Feldman; Carolin Widmann (Violin)
- Conductor: Emilio Pomárico
- Ensemble: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Running Time: 50 min. 39 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1979