Monday, December 26, 2005

Unutterably Beautiful

Morton Feldman: Late Works with Clarinet (Mode 119)

Three works, from 1971, '81 and '83. At this point in his career, Feldman simply wrote the instrumentation for the title. Thus we have "Three Clarinets, Cello and Piano," "Bass Clarinet and Percussion" and "Clarinet and String Quartet." Carol Robinson, the principle clarinetist, leads the musicians in immeasurably subtle readings of these works. Her musicianship is as impeccable as her understanding of the repertoire: "This is not intellectual music."

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