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Morton Feldman: Crippled Symmetry


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  • Composer: Morton Feldman
  • Audio CD (Oct. 19 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bridge
  • ASIN: B00000K38E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Forbes on Aug. 12 2002
Format: Audio CD
The music of Morton Feldman does not seem to call out measured responses from listeners. Either you love it or you find it devoid of interest. I think that Feldman is the musical equivalent of his friend Marc Rothko. He strips his language down to the bare essentials in ordered to challenge the listener to hear music in a new way.
Crippled Symmetry is based on a similar ensemble that Feldman used for Why Patterns?; flute, percussion and piano/celeste. The work begins rather densely, at least in this performance. But as the music unfolds the material becomes more bare. In some ways the entire work sounds like the gradual relaxing of the tensions created in the opening. By the last minutes of the piece, the ensemble is reduced to nearly inaudible sounds of incredibly sustained legnth. Due to the reduced material, any variation in rhythm, tone or texture becomes charged with meaning. His work resembles a crystal held up to the light. It seems unvaried in structure and yet when examined explodes with subtle shifts in pattern.
The performance on this disc is very good. Feldman's music is extremely difficult to play. Dynamics must be extremely soft and well controlled, chords must be voiced carefully. The least little mistake in voicing can jar the listener out of the state that Feldman is aiming for. And the slowness of the tempi is monumentally difficult to sustain. Given that so much of Feldman's music is created from subtle points of music rather than traditional melodic line, performance demands extremes of concentration from the musicians. The California EAR unit does a remarkable job of sustining this piece over it's nearly 90 minutes. There is one other recording of this work in the catalogue, but I have not heard it yet.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
One of Feldman's late masterpieces...a must-have! May 31 2006
By Tom Furgas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In the last decade of his life, Morton Feldman began composing longer and longer works. His increased fame by that time gave him the opportunity to explore extended compositions without there being much resistence from players or listeners alike (although his good friend John Cage once asked "Why does it have to be so long?") This composition, as with all of his late masterpieces, explores it's own sound world with continual interest and beauty, and leads one to think that the composition could have been much longer...so profound are the ramifications of the sounds Feldman projects into time. The instrumental trio combination of flute (with the performer doubling on the rare, haunting and beautiful bass flute), glockenspiel/vibraphone and piano/celesta, has a sublime purity that Feldman found endlessly interesting. One imagines this composition to be a kind of multicolored jewel examined from all possible angles, with no end to the subtle and arresting forms found there. The performance and recording of this masterwork are top-notch, bringing out the wonder and beauty of Feldman's conception. Bridge Records is also to be commended for offering this work on a 2-disc set for the price of one disc. It's a rare record company today that is willing to lose some of their profit margin (and let's face it, the "profit" on a contemporary classical CD is pretty slim at best) in order to bring more listeners to the music. (No doubt if they'd priced this release as a 2-disc set it would have found far fewer listeners willing to part with the money because the work runs 10 minutes over the playing length of a compact disc).
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Too Interesting to be Ambient Aug. 12 2002
By Christopher Forbes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The music of Morton Feldman does not seem to call out measured responses from listeners. Either you love it or you find it devoid of interest. I think that Feldman is the musical equivalent of his friend Marc Rothko. He strips his language down to the bare essentials in ordered to challenge the listener to hear music in a new way.
Crippled Symmetry is based on a similar ensemble that Feldman used for Why Patterns?; flute, percussion and piano/celeste. The work begins rather densely, at least in this performance. But as the music unfolds the material becomes more bare. In some ways the entire work sounds like the gradual relaxing of the tensions created in the opening. By the last minutes of the piece, the ensemble is reduced to nearly inaudible sounds of incredibly sustained legnth. Due to the reduced material, any variation in rhythm, tone or texture becomes charged with meaning. His work resembles a crystal held up to the light. It seems unvaried in structure and yet when examined explodes with subtle shifts in pattern.
The performance on this disc is very good. Feldman's music is extremely difficult to play. Dynamics must be extremely soft and well controlled, chords must be voiced carefully. The least little mistake in voicing can jar the listener out of the state that Feldman is aiming for. And the slowness of the tempi is monumentally difficult to sustain. Given that so much of Feldman's music is created from subtle points of music rather than traditional melodic line, performance demands extremes of concentration from the musicians. The California EAR unit does a remarkable job of sustining this piece over it's nearly 90 minutes. There is one other recording of this work in the catalogue, but I have not heard it yet. More than with most composers, Feldman rewards multiple versions of his pieces, so comparison would be interesting.
Fledman's musical world can be daunting. If you are looking for minimalism, ala Part or Goreck, you won't find that here. Listen to Rothko Chapel instead. That's a lovely work and one that should appeal to the mainstream listener. But if you want to stretch your ears and your sense of the passage of time, Crippled Symmetry is one of Feldman's best late works.
Masterful Morton Feldman's SYMMETRY Sept. 6 2012
By DAVID HALL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Crippled Symmetry, this 2cd album, is quite simply a work of genius by composer Morton Feldman, gloriously performed by The California EAR Unit (Dorothy Stone - flutes; Arthur Jarvinen - percussion; Vicki Ray - piano). Running time: 87:27. Bridge Records(1999). This music is essentially, as is the work of painter Mark Rothko - mystical. The use of silence and space is, in a word, breathtaking. This music evokes a kind of stillness within, a sense of a very special kind of heightened aliveness that only a certain kind of music can inspire. A suggestion: sample the music on this 2cd set. You'll know instantly whether or not its for you because of its uniqueness. If you like what you hear, bet you'll love the entire offering. Most highly recommended.

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