Larry Kart Posted January 11 Report Share Posted January 11 Any fans out there? I've been one since high school when I encountered Columbia's Feldman LP with liner notes by Frank O'Hara. I'm curious at the moment about recordings of Feldman's "for John Cage" (for piano and violin). Over time I've acquired three of this 1982 work -- one by Christina Fong and Paul Hersey in a 2-CD collection on the obscure Ogre/Ogress label of all Feldman's chamber music for violin, viola and piano, one with Eric Carlson and Alec Karis on Bridge, and a third with the late Paul Zukofsky and Marianne Schroeder on CP2. Going by names/reputations, one of the latter two would seem to be the choice, but I much prefer the uncannily intimate Fong/Hersey version -- it seems to progress on a series of continuous underlying breaths, and the seemingly incalcuably varied in timing pauses between piano and violin are full of rhythmic meaning -- geez, at times it almost swings! Carlson and Karis, by contrast are recorded rather close up, and phrasing is rather abrupt and segmented at times, while Zukoksky and Schroeder are somewhere in between. FWIW Fong/Hersey runs 66 minutes, Carlson/Karis 71:46, and Zukofsky/Schroeder 77:10. I'll add that Fong's performance of Feldman's "For Aaron Copland" (1981) is a gem and reveals that the hushed somewhat grainy tone she brings to "For John Cage" (this I find ideal for the work) is not the only string in her bow, so to speak. On "For Aaron Copland" her approach is warmer, more songful, and at times it even has a slight Hebraic throb. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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