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Morton Feldman (1926-1987): Patterns in a Chromatic Field / Christian Giger, cello; Steffen Schleiermacher, piano

Album Summary

>Feldman, Morton : Patterns in a Chromatic Field, for cello & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Steffen Schleiermacher has often fascinated his public with works by Morton Feldman. Along with Christian Giger, the solo cellist in the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra, he is now presenting Patterns in a Chromatic Field - an extensive composition showing us the minimalist master's more entertaining side. Here highly virtuosic passages alternate with petrified soundscapes; now the instruments seem to melt, now their contrasting nature becomes the point of reference. While avoiding any sort of developmental idea, a tonal process of great suggestive power is produced over the course of some eighty minutes.

Morton Feldman composed Patterns in a Chromatic Field when he was dealing intensively (also theoretically) with the use of patterns. He discovered an artistic kinship with Anatolian carpet weavers, who endlessly often repeat a few ancient patterns and thus incorporate into their work coincidental deviations based on color nuances, differences in the quality of the wool, or imprecise memory. The fact that this sometimes is deliberately intended and other times occurs completely unintentionally contributes to the special appeal of this artistic craft.

Even after a few minutes Christian Giger and Steffen Schleiermacher succeed in casting their spell on their listeners. All expectations of a musical program are thrown overboard in the interest of a contemplative venture. The result offers the public a unique listening experience occurring at a rather reduced volume - in what amounts to a purifying process.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/20/2014/01/21/2014).


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Works Details

>Feldman, Morton : Patterns in a Chromatic Field, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Christian Giger (Cello); Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/20/2014/01/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 79 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981