My latest contribution to Musical Pointers is online:
Morton Feldman: For Christian Wolff
California Ear Unit: Dorothy Stone, flute; Vicki Ray, piano, celesta
BRIDGE 9279A/C (Three Hours, Three Discs)
Every CD of late, long Feldman represents a tremendous luxury. To have the time, the silence and the comfortable surroundings to listen closely and carefully for several hours to a single piece of music is not something everyone can afford these days.
A full afternoon in the company of Feldman is not, however, a luxury like a trip to the spa. It is hard work, frequently tedious, and exhausting without even the endorphin compensation of running a marathon. The luxury comes from the transgressive indulgence in something that runs so spectacularly contrary to the social, political and commercial demands of contemporary art.