Feldman: Patterns in a Chromatic Field

Feldman: Patterns in a Chromatic Field
Arne Deforce / Yutaka Oya
Aeon 0977 (2 CDs)

Contents:

    Patterns in a Chromatic Field (1981)
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
    Patterns in a Chromatic Field (1981)
  1. 6
  2. 7
  3. 8
  4. 9
  5. Projection I (for cello solo, 1950)
  6. Composition - 8 little pieces (1950)
  7. Intersection IV (for cello solo, 1951)
  8. Duration II (1960)

Performers: Arne Deforce (cello), Yutaka Oya (piano)

Playing time: 105'

Recording date: December 2007 (Bruges); released: 2008

Track breaks for Patterns in a Chromatic Field don't really mean anything, but are given with page numbers in the score for the recording.

This recording is here for Patterns in a Chromatic Field. I don't have any particular sustained interest in the other items.

Regarding the performance, this is a real tour-de-force. As noted in the main writeup, it's the interpretation that drives listing this recording, more so than the piece itself — Patterns in a Chromatic Field is more a transitional piece, and not in Feldman's full-fledged late-late style, although obviously it has its points of continued enjoyment. The technique from Arne Deforce on the cello in particular, and the way these musicians match timbres & overtones, is very impressive. This is a model Feldman interpretation in terms of attention to detail sustained over a long duration.

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Todd M. McComb