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Feldman: Rothko Chapel, For Stefan Wolpe, etc / Huber


Release Date: 10/29/2002 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93023   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Morton Feldman
Performer:  Meinhard JenneMarkus StangeUlrike BeckerKirsten Drope,   ... 
Conductor:  Rupert Huber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Morton Feldman's hauntingly beautiful Rothko Chapel receives an excellent performance by the SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble. Scored for solo viola, percussion, two solo female voices, and chorus, and toward the end containing an actual authentic tune, it's one of Feldman's most approachable and riveting works, full of ear-catching textures and musical gestures. As a gateway into this composer's unique, quietly insidious sound world, there's nothing better.

For Stephan Wolpe, scored for wordless chorus and vibraphones, takes more patience. Imagine, if you will, the last two notes of Holst's The Planets repeated over and over, slightly varied on repetition and interspersed with atonal vibraphone interludes for some 34 minutes, and
Read more you'll get the picture. Of course, as with all of Feldman's works in this style, there's more going on in terms of vertical harmony than you might at first notice--but you'd have to be a convert to the cause to want to make the effort. Slightly less well recorded than its disc-mate, For Stephan Wolpe may strike your fancy, especially if you try playing it softly. Christian Wolff in Cambridge, just a bit more than three minutes long, sounds like a tiny sliver of the previous piece and appropriately fills out this enterprising and valuable addition to the growing Feldman discography.
--David Hurwitz Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Rothko Chapel by Morton Feldman
Performer:  Meinhard Jenne (Percussion), Markus Stange (Celesta), Ulrike Becker (Alto),
Kirsten Drope (Soprano), Barbara Maurer (Viola)
Conductor:  Rupert Huber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
For Stefan Wolpe by Morton Feldman
Performer:  Boris Müller (Vibraphone), Martin Homann (Vibraphone)
Conductor:  Rupert Huber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 34 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Christian Wolff in Cambridge by Morton Feldman
Conductor:  Rupert Huber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Rothko Chapel: The
For Stephan Wolpe
Christian Wolff in Cambridge

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