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Feldman: The Viola in My Life / Konstantynowicz, Eggen, Cikada Ensemble, Norwegian Radio Orchestra

Album Summary

>Feldman, Morton : The Viola in my Life no 1
>Feldman, Morton : The Viola in my Life no 2
>Feldman, Morton : The Viola in my Life no 3
>Feldman, Morton : The Viola in my Life no 4
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'The Viola in My Life' is one of innovative American composer Morton Feldman's most important works, and this is the first ECM album devoted entirely to his work. Morton Feldman developed into one of the most important and influential musical thinkers in American composition. Performed by Norway's versatile chamber group, the Cikada Ensemble and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the direction of Christian Eggen.

"The Viola in my Life" is one of innovative American composer Morton Feldman's most important works. Performed by Norway's versatile chamber group, the Cikada Ensemble and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the direction of Christian Eggen.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Anyone wanting an introduction to Morton Feldman's ravishing sound world could do worse than sample this ECM album before gingerly proceeding to tougher fare. The Viola in my Life, Feldman's nostalgic cycle portraying the intimate web of associations he had with the instrument, is far from hardcore.

The four parts of the cycle add up to a 40-minute listen and Feldman doesn't reach for such alienated extremes. The Cikada Ensemble and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra are expert, but it's a shame violist Marek Konstantynowicz tends towards the expressive hard-sell, overplaying gestures that Karen Phillips on Feldman's own recording (recently reissued on New World Records) keeps at an objective distance.

Paying full price for a 40-minute CD might make some smart. If so, the irony of a too-short Feldman CD won't be lost on others.



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Works Details

>Feldman, Morton : The Viola in my Life no 1
  • Performer: Marek Konstantynowicz (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Cikada String Quartet
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Feldman, Morton : The Viola in my Life no 2
  • Performer: Marek Konstantynowicz (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Cikada String Quartet
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Feldman, Morton : The Viola in my Life no 3
  • Performers: Marek Konstantynowicz (Viola); Kenneth Karlsson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Feldman, Morton : The Viola in my Life no 4
  • Performer: Marek Konstantynowicz (Viola)
  • Conductor: Christia Christian Eggen
  • Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1971