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Feldman, Morton (Philip Thomas): Piano [5 CD BOX SET] (Another Timbre)

Containing the majority of minimalist composer Morton Feldman's compositions for solo piano, 3 CDs of short works and 2 for the magnificent "For Bunita Marcus" and "Triadic Memories", performed by one of the foremost interpreters of Feldman's work, Philip Thomas, and presented in a sturdy 5-CD box set with a 52 page booklet of notes from the performer and artwork.

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The box set also contains artworks by the English painter David Ainley

Label: Another Timbre
Catalog ID: at144x5
Squidco Product Code: 27919

Format: 5 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: UK
Packaging: Box Set - 5 CDs + Booklet
Recorded at St PaulŐs Hall, The University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK, from July 2018 to June 2019, by Simon Reynell.


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"Philip Thomas (b.1972, North Devon) specialises in performing new and experimental music, including both notated and improvised music. He places much emphasis on each concert being a unique event, designing imaginative programmes that provoke and suggest connections.

He is particularly drawn to the experimental music of John Cage, Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff, and composers who broadly work within a post-Cageian aesthetic. In recent years he has been particularly associated with the music of Christian Wolff, giving the world premiere of his Sailing By in 2014 and Small Preludes in 2009, the UK premiere of Long Piano (Peace March 11), having co-edited and contributed to the first major study of Wolff's music, Changing the System: the Music of Christian Wolff, published by Ashgate Publications in 2010, and currently recording all of Wolff's solo piano music for sub rosa. He is an experienced performer of John Cage's music, having performed the Concert for piano and orchestra with both Apartment House and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as well as most of the solo piano and prepared piano music, including a unique 12-hour performance of Electronic Music for piano

He has commissioned new works from a number of British composers whose ideas, language and aesthetic have been informed in some ways by the aforementioned American composers, such as Stephen Chase, Laurence Crane, Richard Emsley, Christopher Fox, Bryn Harrison, John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Michael Parsons, and James Saunders.

In recent years Philip has pursued a passion for freely improvised music, after significant encounters with the music of AMM and Sheffield-based musicians Martin Archer, Mick Beck and John Jasnoch. He has worked with improvisers in a variety of contexts and recently devised a programme of composed music by musicians more normally known as improvisers as well as others who have been influenced by improvisation in some form. This led to a CD release, Comprovisation, which featured newly commissioned works by Mick Beck, Chris Burn and Simon H Fell. Other CD releases include music by Martin Arnold, Laurence Crane, Christopher Fox, Jürg Frey, Bryn Harrison, Tim Parkinson, Michael Pisaro, James Saunders, Christian Wolff, as well as with improvisers Chris Burn and Simon H Fell.

Philip is a regular pianist with leading experimental music group Apartment House, with whom he has performed in festivals across the UK and Europe. He has also performed with the Quatuor Bozzini, and in duos with Mark Knoop, Ian Pace and John Tilbury (piano duet and two pianos) and James Saunders (electronics).

In 1998 Philip was awarded a PhD from Sheffield University in the performance practice of contemporary piano music. Between 2000 and 2005, he was Head of the Sheffield Music School whilst pursuing an active performing and teaching career. He joined the staff team at the University of Huddersfield in 2005, and became Professor of Performance in 2015. Philip is one of the Directors of CeReNeM, the University's Centre for Research in New Music. He continues to live in Sheffield, where he premieres the majority of his programmes, with his wife Tiffany and children Naomi and Jack."

-Philip Thomas Website (

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"Morton Feldman was born in New York in 1926 and died there in 1987. Just like Cage, a close friend, he was an American composer - an American artist - an American in the true sense of the word.

He identified himself by differentiating his views on composition from those of his colleagues in Europe. He was proud to be an American because he was convinced that it enabled him the freedom, unparalleled in Europe, to work unfettered by tradition. And, he was an American also in what may have been a slight inferiority complex in the face of cultural traditions in Europe, something he proudly rejected and secretly admired.

Like any true artist, Feldman was endowed with a sensitivity for impressions of a wide variety of sources, literature and painting in particular. His affinity to Samuel Beckett has enriched music literature by a unique music theatre piece, Neither, and two ensemble works. His friendship with abstract impressionist painters gave birth to a range of masterpieces, Rothko Chapel in particular. But even the knotting of oriental rugs gave Feldman musical ideas (The Turfan Fragments).

To the question as to why he preferred soft dynamic levels, he replied:

"- Because when it's loud, you can't hear the sound. You hear its attack. Then you don't hear the sound, only in its decay. And I think that's essentially what impressed Boulez . That he heard a sound, not an attack, emerging and disappearing without attack and decay, almost like an electronic medium.

Also, you have to remember that loud and soft is an aspect of differentiation. And my music is more like a kind of monologue that does not need exclamation point, colon, it does not need..."

Feldman also had an intriguing reply up his sleeve when it came to answering the question why he composed in the first place:

"You know that marvellous remark of Disraeli's? Unfortunately, he was not a good writer, but if he was a great writer, it would have been a wonderful remark. They asked him whydid he begin to write novels. He said because there was nothing to read. (laughs). I felt very much like that in terms of contemporary music. I was not really happy with it. It became like a Rohrschach test".

More than twenty years since his death, Morton Feldman's music is as alive as ever."

-Universal Edition (

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track listing:


1. Last Pieces 1 7:27

2. Last Pieces 2 1:40

3. Last Pieces 3 12:38

4. Last Pieces 4 1:47

5. Piano 77 27:18

6. Palais De Mari 22:41


1. Untitled Piano Piece 1:00

2. Illusions 1 2:02

3. Illusions 2 2:28

4. Illusions 3 0:29

5. Illusions 4 0:40

6. Three Dances 1 2:06

7. Three Dances 2 2:44

8. Three Dances 3 3:30

9. Nature Pieces 1 2:07

10. Nature Pieces 2 3:51

11. Nature Pieces 3 2:24

12. Nature Pieces 4 2:14

13. Nature Pieces 5 0:58

14. Variations 6:57

15. Two Intermissions 1 1:36

16. Two Intermissions 2 1:24

17. Intermission 3 1:53

18. Intermission 4 2:01

19. Intersection 2 10:46

20.Three Pieces 1 2:03

21. Three Pieces 2 1:36

22. Three Pieces 3 1:58

23. Piano Piece 1955 1:43

24. Piano Piece 1956 A 2:49

25. Piano Piece 1956 B 2:07

26. Intermission 6 7:51

27. Intermission 5 3:11


1. Intermission 6 4:43

2. Extensions 3 6:28

3. Lipton 1 3:08

4. Lipton 2 5:22

5. Piano Piece 1952 8:07

6. Intersection 3 3:56

7. Piano Piece 1964 6:33

8. Vertical Thoughts 4 1:52

9. Figure Of Memory 5:00

10. Piano Piece 1963 4:43

11. Intermission 6 11:08


1. Triadic Memories 1:30:48


1. For Bunita Marcus 1:09:27
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"The Morton Feldman Piano box set is the most extensive survey of Feldman's piano music to date. Released exactly 20 years after John Tilbury's long unavailable 4-CD set, the new box includes several pieces which weren't included there, and has three works which have never been released on disc before.

Philip Thomas has been playing Feldman's music for 25 years and is one of the foremost interpreters of his work with an extraordinary gentle touch. He and John Tilbury combined forces to produce the highly acclaimed Two Pianos double CD, which featured Feldman's music for multiple pianos. The Feldman Piano box set is the culmination of decades of study, and is accompanied by a 52-page booklet in which Philip Thomas writes about Feldman's music from a pianist's point of view:

"Playing Feldman's music inevitably changes aspects of one's technique. The orientation is towards the vertical aspects of piano playing - the attack - rather than the horizontal - the line. Yet Feldman made much of his desire for instrumental sound devoid of attack, which is hard for the piano, whose action is fundamentally percussive. Yet knowing this affects how one treats the instrument: pressing the keys serves to release the sound, setting strings in motion."

"-Another Timbre

The box set also contains artworks by the English painter David Ainley
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