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Rangzen Quartet Christina Fong [Import]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving tribute to a subtle genius. Nov. 28 2008
By jmw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD Audio
How can it be that mine is only the second review of this moving tribute?

How to review a CD without a track list?

MF: In Toub's opening piece for string quartet, re-statement and -phrasing of the busy theme desensitizes the mind (attending to the subtle variations), evolves to a peaceful feldmanesque interlude and concludes with a thoughtful re-conceptualization of the theme. Perusing the liner note for this track (sans track list), I can only wonder, why mezzo forte instead of a quieter dynamic ("morto forte" or "mezzo morte")? I am intrigued now to hear Toub's original idea for a tribute, Five Notes for Christina Fong.

Kotowly/ Shade to Light: Reminiscent of For Philip Guston; subtle intrigue, a lovely piece that MF would have appreciated.

New England, Late Summer: Likewise very much in the spirit of MF, perhaps Crippled Symmetry.

As Beautiful as a Crescent of a New Moon on a Cloudless Spring Evening: Just intonation or just out of tune? Either way this piece rings with subtle detunings that are blissfully soothing. During my first several listenings this piece disturbed me, until the night I realized it is the most feldmanesque piece in this very satisfying tribute. As John Cage said, when we try to ignore a sound it irritates us and we call it "noise", but if we listen carefully we are fascinated by its unrehearsed, intrinsic beauty. Compare with Alvin Lucier's Wind Shadows (NWR 80628-2) or Pauline Oliveros' Primordial / Lift (DL 33-2006/IEA 9).

Feldman's repertoire is so temporally and thematically extensive that despite hundreds of hours of often semi-attentive listening I feel inadequate to post a review. Still someone must break the ice and alert the world to this fitting tribute to the master of subtlety.

Perhaps others are likewise intimidated to review this tribute. Ogre-Ogress deserve much praise for their reverent addition to Feldman's legacy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fong-tastic Dec 20 2008
By Karl Bly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD Audio
Christina Fong has dedicated herself to trying to make people aware that there is more to the world of classical music than the 17th and 18th centuries. She has been playing and recording the music of 20th century composers for many years now. This is another fine example of her work in this area. She and the Rangzen Quartet play the music of Feldman (and some of his disciples) here as well as anyone out there. Get this and sit back and enjoy the music as played by one of the great voices of "modern music".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful Moodmaking Dec 3 2008
By Jeff Redmond - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD Audio
Our lively Christina Fong has once again proved her remarkable talents here with the Rangzen Quartet. This Audio DVD is the very best to listen to, especially when you're stuck in any traffic jam, and have any kind of a working DVD player in your car. There's usually nothing much worthwhile on the radio anyway, and this range of beautiful music will always prove itself useful. Sit back, relax, be well entertained, and leave all your troubles far behind. Enjoy! {:-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Modern, electric, fun Sept. 23 2008
By R. Becker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD Audio
Sure it is classical, but you can hear a number of sub-currents. Is that some Van de Graff Generator in there? It is fun, different. If you are looking for piano concertos, move along. But if you want to expand your musical horizons...

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