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at144x5   Morton Feldman Piano  box set       Philip Thomas

A 5-CD box set with a 52-page book, containing virtually all of Feldman’s music for solo piano, beautifully played by  Philip Thomas.

Disc One:  1-4 Last Pieces (1959)   5 Piano (1977)   6 Palais de Mari (1986)

Disc Two:  1 Untitled piano piece (194?) **   2-5 Illusions (1949)   6-8 Three Dances (1950)

              9-13 Nature Pieces (1951)   14 Variations (1951)   15-16 Two Intermissions (1950)

              17 Intermission 3 (1951)   18 Intermission 4 (1952)  19 Intersection 2 (1951)

              20-22 Three Pieces for Piano (1954)   23 Piano Piece 1955   24 Piano Piece 1956A

              25 Piano Piece 1956B   26 Intermission 6 #1 (1953)   27 Intermission 5 (1952)

Disc Three:  1 Intermission 6 #2 (1953)   2 Extensions 3 (1952)   

                3-4 Music for the film ‘Sculpture by Lipton’ (1954) **   5 Piano Piece 1952

                6 Intersection 3 (1953)   7 Piano Piece (1964)   8 Vertical Thoughts 4 (1963)

                9 Figure of Memory (1954) **   10 Piano Piece (1963)   

                11 Intermission 6 #3 (1953)   12 Triadic Memories start  (1981)

Disc Four:   1  Triadic Memories concluded   (1981)

Disc Five:    1  For Bunita Marcus  (1986)

                **= first published recording

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The Morton Feldman Piano box set is the most extensive survey of Feldman’s piano music to date. Released exactly 20 years after John Tilbury’s long unavailable 4-CD set, the new box includes several pieces which weren’t included there, and has three works which have never been released on disc before.

Philip Thomas has been playing Feldman’s music for 25 years and is one of the foremost interpreters of his work with an extraordinary gentle touch. He and John Tilbury combined forces to produce the highly acclaimed Two Pianos double CD, which featured Feldman’s music for multiple pianos. The Feldman Piano box set is the culmination of decades of study, and is accompanied by a 52-page booklet in which Philip Thomas writes about Feldman’s music from a pianist’s point of view:

“Playing Feldman’s music inevitably changes aspects of one’s technique. The orientation is towards the vertical aspects of piano playing - the attack - rather than the horizontal - the line. Yet Feldman made much of his desire for instrumental sound devoid of attack, which is hard for the piano, whose action is fundamentally percussive. Yet knowing this affects how one treats the instrument: pressing the keys serves to release the sound, setting strings in motion.”

The box set also contains artworks by the English painter David Ainley (see images below)

£32 + £3 postage worldwide