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Here is the California EAR UnitÃ¢Â€Â™s recording of the late Morton FeldmanÃ¢Â€Â™s monumental, 4 hour long For Philip Guston (1984). Included in this discount priced, 4 disc-set is an enhanced multimedia track, which includes FeldmanÃ¢Â€Â™s remarks as well as a photo montage of the composer.
Morton Feldman stands as one of our centuryÃ¢Â€Â™s darkest and quietest musical poets. His music seems a muffled yet spiritually inspired reaction to the speed, noise and horror of the events of the 20th century-much as in the work of the painter, Mark Rothko. For Philip Guston, a composition from FeldmanÃ¢Â€Â™s last years, is music that attempts to suspend time, but without the nervous "sequenced" energy that dominates so much of todayÃ¢Â€Â™s "process art." In for Philip Guston, the gigantism of FeldmanÃ¢Â€Â™s time-scale is offset by the extreme intimacy and seductiveness of the composerÃ¢Â€Â™s expression. As Bridge RecordÃ¢Â€Â™s annotator, Alan Rich, puts it: "This is music of an outward immobility and inward irresistible propulsion, random yet purposeful-its construction, intricate and precise."