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Morton Feldman: Orchestra / Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Lubman

Audio Samples

>Feldman, Morton : Intersection 1, for large orchestra
>Feldman, Morton : Structures for Orchestra, for orchestra
>Feldman, Morton : On Time and the Instrumental Factor, for orchestra
>Feldman, Morton : Voice and Instruments, for soprano & orchestra
>Feldman, Morton : Orchestra, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Feldman, Morton : Intersection 1, for large orchestra
>Feldman, Morton : Structures for Orchestra, for orchestra
>Feldman, Morton : On Time and the Instrumental Factor, for orchestra
>Feldman, Morton : Voice and Instruments, for soprano & orchestra
>Feldman, Morton : Orchestra, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Despite the explosion of Feldman's popularity and recordings of his works in recent years, his orchestral music has not received the attention it deserves. This new CD presents four first recordings plus the first recording of Intersection I with full orchestra - all performed in the studio, a coproduction between Deutschlandradio and Mode. A disc of amazing discoveries!

Intersection I is a pivotal early graphic score, presented here in a realisation by Samuel Clay Birmaher. Muscular and dynamic, it sounds like nothing else in Feldman's oeuvre - the raw sound of an orchestra untamed.

Structures and On Time and the Instrumental Factor (1969) are sister works from a transitional period in Feldman's music. Both pieces explore an atmosphere of suspended time, with the instruments acting like an orchestra of tolling bells.

Voice and Instruments puts the sibylline voice in a wordless dialogue with the orchestra. Emphasis here is on the beauty of a single sound, with each moment connected to the next by a spider's thread.

Orchestra is a walk through the orchestral landscape. Patterns come and go of their own accord as the music moves into unexplored territories. An important bridge between Feldman's middle and late works.

The American conductor Brad Lubman was Assistant Conductor to Oliver Knussen at the Tanglewood Music Center from 1989-94, and has since emerged as an unusually versatile conductor of orchestras and ensembles all over the world. He has worked with a great variety of illustrious musical figures including Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Michael Tilson Thomas, and John Zorn.

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin was founded in 1946 in the American sector of Berlin as the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester. As its first principal conductor, from 1948, Ferenc Fricsay established the orchestra's future course: commitment to contemporary and stylish interpretation of the traditional repertoire. Their expertise with contemporary music is evident in this committed and warm recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Great Hall, Haus es Rundfunks, Berlin.



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Works Details

>Feldman, Morton : Intersection 1, for large orchestra
  • Conductor: Bradley Lubman
  • Ensemble: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester
  • Notes: Great Hall, Haus es Rundfunks, Berlin, Germany (11/29/2010-11/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Feldman, Morton : Structures for Orchestra, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Bradley Lubman
  • Ensemble: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester
  • Notes: Great Hall, Haus es Rundfunks, Berlin, Germany (01/10/2009-01/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Feldman, Morton : On Time and the Instrumental Factor, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Bradley Lubman
  • Ensemble: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester
  • Notes: Great Hall, Haus es Rundfunks, Berlin, Germany (01/10/2009-01/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Feldman, Morton : Voice and Instruments, for soprano & orchestra
  • Performer: Martha Culver
  • Conductor: Bradley Lubman
  • Ensemble: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester
  • Notes: Great Hall, Haus es Rundfunks, Berlin, Germany (11/29/2010-11/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972

>Feldman, Morton : Orchestra, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Bradley Lubman
  • Ensemble: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester
  • Notes: Great Hall, Haus es Rundfunks, Berlin, Germany (01/10/2009-01/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976