Garth Knox, Morton Feldman, and a Viola Walk Into a Bar...
"Part I" is characterized by single notes from the viola accented with chords sprinkled from the remaining instruments. "Part II" builds on this approach and adds the ebony sound of the clarinet and tinny childishness of the celesta. "Part II" may be the most traditional of the movements as a piano-viola duet. But Feldman, while employing 3/2 and 2/2 time signatures, still remains enigmatic in his requirements. "Part IV" is postmodern composition in full bloom, distant, dissonant, anxious, and stressed.
Morton Feldman, parallel with trumpeter Miles Davis, knew the value of space in music. Both knew clinically how much time could be mistreated in music before that music slipped from brilliance into mere noise. Feldman is essential 20th century American music.
Tracks and Personnel
Tracks: Garth Knox: Malor me bat; Marin Marais: Les Folies d'Espagne; Roland Moser: Manners of Speaking; Tobias Hume: A Pavin; Attilo Ariosti: Prima Lezione; Klaus Huber; Plainte; Traditional: Celtic Dance/I Once Loved a Lass/ Jig.
Personnel: Garth Knox: viola d'amore; Agnes Vesterman: violoncello.
The Viola in My Life, I-IV
Tracks: The Viola in My Life Parts I - IV.
Personnel: Marek Konstantynowicz: viola; Cikada Ensemble; Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Christian Eggen: conductor.