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Feldman: For Bunita Marcus

Magazine article Gramophone

Feldman: For Bunita Marcus

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Feldman

For Bunita Marcus

Ivan Ilic pf

Paraty [F] PARATY135305 (68' * DDD)

There's a neat I Cornelius Cardew quote about how best to approach the works of Morton Feldman: 'Almost all Feldman's music is slow and soft ... Only when one has become accustomed to the dimness of light can one begin to perceive the richness and variety of colour.' This disc from Paris-based Serbian-American pianist Ivan Ilic taps into the richness and the variety, and adds something of his own inquisitive voice. It is Die's third Feldman disc, and for me it's his most spacious and searching yet.

Feldman's 70-minute solo piano piece was written in 1985 for the composer Bunita Marcus, a favourite student, companion and sometime lover. Feldman would later acknowledge that it was also a work about the death of his mother, 'and the whole idea of someone lingering on. I just didn't want the piece to die. …

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