Aki Takahashi plays Morton Feldman

Morton Feldman


mode 54


Mode Records - A Record Label Devoted to New Music Aki Takahashi plays Morton Feldman

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 premiered many works by important composers as well as compositions written specifically for her. A prolific catalog of her recordings exists abroad including a couple of outstanding Feldman discs. Until now, her recordings have not been widely available here with the exception of her historic Piano Space set and other recitals on CP2, works of Peter Garland 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 much so that he had selected certain works particularly for her. Together they toured this program, with Feldman speaking about 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 first recording or available on CD for the first time. Of particular note is the premiere recording of Feldman's earliest published 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 a series featuring the tremendous talent of Aki Takahashi. Future releases will find her performing works by Iannis Xenakis and Luciano Berio, as well as recitals of ensemble music by Paul Bowles and Peter Garland with Essential Music.


"Also worthy of exploration is a disc of Feldman's piano music played superbly by Aki Takahashi (mode 54), whose more expansive version of Piano Piece to Phllip Guston offers a different perspective. Takahashi includes two big later 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)

Related Resources:

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

Volker Straebel (writer)

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