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Morton Feldman box set forthcoming

Five discs comprise piano compositions performed by long time interpreter Philip Thomas

Another Timbre are releasing a five CD box set of Morton Feldman’s piano music. Performed by Philip Thomas, the collection marks 20 years since the release of the last major multi-piece Feldman collection, John Tilbury’s four CD collection All Piano on LondonHALL.

Morton Feldman Piano is the culmination of a 25 year exploration by Thomas into Feldman's work and was recorded over the last 12 months at the University of Huddersfield, where Thomas teaches. In 2014 he collaborated on another Feldman release with John Tilbury Two Pianos, also released by Another Timbre.

“The approach taken with this set of recordings has been to try to capture the experience of the pianist as closely as possible, or, better still, to record such that the resultant audio is as if the listener is somehow snuggled inside the body of the instrument, ears almost touching the strings, feeling the vibrations as the hammer strikes,” says Thomas. “The aim in recording was for intimacy of private experience, distinct from the shared experience of listening to Feldman’s music in the concert hall.”

Released in September, Morton Feldman Piano includes three pieces never before put to disc, and comes with a book of writings about Feldman by Thomas. A launch event will happen in Sheffield on 2 October with the pianist performing For Bunita Marcus alongside shorter pieces. Two films scored by Feldman with also be screened on the night. Following dates include a performance in November at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and in December at Cafe Oto.