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Recorded live at the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music in 2006, this is the 3rd and final volume of works by Morton Feldman performed by the Smith Quartet with John Tilbury on piano, recorded in high quality DVD audio and with extensive liner notes by Tilbury.
 

Smith Quartet with John Tilbury
Morton Feldman: Music for Piano and Strings Volume 3 [DVD-AUDIO]

Smith Quartet with John Tilbury: Morton Feldman: Music for Piano and Strings Volume 3 [DVD-AUDIO] (Matchless)

Label: Matchless    
Released in: Great Britain    


"At its best Feldman's music can take our breath away, providing a revelatory experience, a transparency which has no need of argument. Thinking back to Piano and String Quartet there are moments of extraordinary beauty when, through a sudden change of register, darkness enshrouds the music; elsewhere the string sound enshrouds the piano arpeggios. Feldman seems to occupy a metaphysical space and encroaches on the domain of spirituality normally associated with religion. Thus art wrests spirituality from religion; spirituality is not the private property of religion. Perhaps with Feldman one can make a case for a kind of musical utopianism. One cannot play this music in a merely professional capacity."-John Tilbury



"The 3rd and final volume of all the works written for Piano and Strings by Feldman, recorded live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2006. Featured works include "Spring of Chosroes" (violin and piano), "The Viola in My Life" (viola and piano) and "Trio", the mesmerising work for violin, cello and piano. Recorded and produced by Sebastian Lexer, this volume celebrates almost 10 extraordinary years of collaboration."-Smith Quartet website



"Now into its third decade the Smith Quartet remains at the leading edge of the new music world. It has championed the works of the worldÕs most celebrated composers, commissioning over 200 new pieces with recent works from Michael Nyman, Kevin Volans, Donnacha Dennehy, Joe Cutler, Tunde Jegede, Gabriel Prokofiev and the late Jon Lord. In 2015 the quartet gave the world premiere of Graham FitkinÕs new work Distil at the Cheltenham Festival as part of a collaborative project with percussionist Joby Burgess. The work went on to receive the RPS chamber music prize for best chamber composition. The group has not only collaborated with eminent classical musicians such as Burgess, pianist John Tilbury and guitarist David Tanenbaum but also with a diverse array of artists from other disciplines including rock group Pulp, Malian singer Rokia Traorˇ, jazz musicians John Taylor and Django Bates and dance companies Shobana Jeyasingh, Siobhan Davies and Ultima Vez."-Smith Quartet website



"John Tilbury (born 1 February 1936) is a British pianist. He is considered one of the foremost interpreters of Morton Feldman's music, and since 1980 has been a member of the free improvisation group AMM.

Tilbury studied piano at the Royal College of Music with Arthur Alexander and James Gibb and also with Zbigniew Drzewiecki in Warsaw. 1968 he was the winner of the Gaudeamus competition in the Netherlands.

During the 1960s, Tilbury was closely associated with the composer Cornelius Cardew, whose music he has interpreted and recorded and a member of the Scratch Orchestra. His biography of Cardew, "Cornelius Cardew - A life unfinished" was published in 2008.

Tilbury has also recorded the works of Howard Skempton and John White, among many others, and has also performed adaptations of the radio plays of Samuel Beckett.

With guitarist AMM bandmate Keith Rowe's electroacoustic ensemble M.I.M.E.O., Tilbury recorded The Hands of Caravaggio, inspired by the painter's The Taking of Christ {1602). In this live performance, twelve of the members of M.I.M.E.O. were positioned around the piano in a deliberate echo of Christ's Last Supper. The thirteenth M.I.M.E.O. member (Cor Fuhler) is credited with "inside piano" as he interacted and interfered with Tilbury's playing by manipulating and damping the instrument's strings, essentially doing piano preparation in real time. Critic Brian Olewnick describes the album as "A staggering achievement, one is tempted to call The Hands of Caravaggio the first great piano concerto of the 21st century."

Another notable recent recording of Tilbury's was Duos for Doris (like The Hands of Caravaggio also on Erstwhile Records), a collaboration with Keith Rowe. It is widely considered a landmark recording in the genre of electroacoustic improvisation (or "EAI").

In 2013 he collaborated with artist Armando Lulaj in FIEND performance at the National Theatre of Tirana (Albania)."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Tilbury)
1/20/2017


DVD PAL Audio, region free. Requires a computer with a DVD or DVD player that accepts PAL discs. Liner notes by John Tilbury, an extensive reflection on Feldman's music.




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DVD PAL Audio, region free. Requires a computer with a DVD or DVD player that accepts PAL discs. Liner notes by John Tilbury, an extensive reflection on Feldman's music.

UPC: 5020492050326

Label: Matchless
Catalog ID: MRDVD 03
Squidco Product Code: 22218

Format: DVD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music, 2006.

Personnel:

Ian Humpries-violin

Darragh Morgan-violin

Nic Pendlebury-viola

Deirdre Cooper-cello

John Tilbury-piano

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Track Listing:

1. Durations II, 1960 (5:49)

2. Pieve For Violin and Piano, 1950 (1:54)

3. Projection IV, 1951 (3:56)

4. Extentions I, 1951 (3:56)

5. Vertical Thoughts III, 1963 (4:52)

6. Four Instruments, 1975 (7:45)

7. Spring Of Chosroes, 1978 (16:59)

8. The Viola In My Life, 1970 (6:15)

9. Trio, 1980 (1:33:55)