Monday, 9 October 2017
Morton Feldman - Durations I-V / Coptic Light (1992/4 recordings, rel. '97)
The Durations suite was completely new to me, and took a while to get in to, but I love it now. The performers (on various combinations of piano, harp, violin, cello, horn, tuba, vibraphone, celesta and flute) follow a score with no duration indications on the notes, leaving this up to the performers and always resulting in a unique performance. Durations sounds to me like music from another world with an alien conception of time - much like that other late Feldman work that I love, for piano and string quartet (link below) - and perhaps a heavier gravitational pull, especially on the four sections of Durations III, which do have overall tempo indications, mostly 'slow' and 'very slow'. Take time out of time to enjoy this album - it's a perfect wind-down.
Previously posted at SGTG: Rothko Chapel | Piano & String Quartet