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Feldman Edition 1-Aki Plays Feldman, Piano Works



mode 54 Morton FELDMAN: Illusions (1948, 1st recording); 2 Intermissions; Extensions 3; Piano Piece 1955; For Philip Guston; Piano; Palais de Mari — Aki Takahashi. Feldman Edition 1 and Aki Takahashi Vol.1. Over 79 minutes of music.

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Feldman Edition 1-Aki Plays Feldman, Piano Works
"This marks the first volume in Mode'series with Aki Takahashi."--Original Insert. Program notes in English and German ([18] p. : ports.) linked to from resource. Aki Takahashi, piano. Recorded in 1995.

Aki Takahashi, piano

Piano Piece 1955

Two Intermissions


first recording

Extensions 3

Piano Piece
(to Philip Guston)

Palais de Mari

Aki Takahashi is a critically acclaimed virtuoso pianist playing a full spectrum of 20th century music. Aki has premieredmany works by important composers as well as compositions written specifically for her. A prolific catalog of herrecordings exists abroad including a couple of outstanding Feldman discs. Until now, her recordings have not been widelyavailable here with the exception of her historic Piano Space set and other recitals on CP2, works of PeterGarland on New Albion and, of course, Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet with the Kronos Quartet.

Morton Feldman’s sound-world no longer needs an introduction. Feldman was especially fond of Aki’s playing, so muchso that he had selected certain works particularly for her. Together they toured this program, with Feldman speakingabout the compositions and Aki performing them.

The CD contains selections from those recitals as well as works close to Aki’s heart, many receiving their firstrecording or available on CD for the first time. Of particular note is the premiere recording of Feldman’s earliestpublished composition–ILLUSIONS–which is unique in his œuvre: it is mostly loud and fast! The CD’s release celebrates Aki’s debut Lincoln Center recital in an all Feldman concert August of 1996.

In addition to this being the inaugural release in Mode’s new Feldman Edition, it is also the beginning of aseries featuring the tremendous talent of Aki Takahashi. Future releases will find her performing works by Iannis Xenakisand Luciano Berio, as well as recitals of ensemble music by Paul Bowles and Peter Garland with Essential Music.

Language : English, German.


“Also worthy of exploration is a disc of Feldman’s piano music played superbly by Aki Takahashi (mode 54), whosemore expansive version of Piano Piece to Phllip Guston offers a different perspective. Takahashi includes two biglater pieces, Piano and Palais de Mari, that no Feldman fan will want to be without.”
—Dan David, Music& The Arts (comparing to the Feldman disc by
Ensemble Avantgarde)


Feldman on Mode:
Vol. 2: First Recordings: 1950s-with the Turfan Ensemble (mode 66)
Vol. 3: Complete Works for Violin and Piano-Sabat/Clarke Duo
(mode 82/83, 2-CDs)
Vol. 4:  The Straits of Magellan – Indeterminate Music – with the
Turfan Ensemble (mode 103)
Vol. 5:  Voices and Instruments (mode 107)
Vol. 6:  String Quartet No. 2 (mode 112)
Vol. 7: Late Works with Clarinet (mode 119)
Vol. 8: Marilyn Nonken plays Triadic Memories (mode 136)
Vol. 9: Composing by Numbers (mode 146)

Bernadette Speach: Without Borders (mode 16)
Reflections (mode 105)

Morton Feldman Profile/Discography

Bernadette Speach profile

Aki Takahashi Profile

Morton Feldman Homepage

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