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My recording of Morton Feldman's Three Voices (1982) is now available on the HatHut label. This is my first dedicated solo disc and was made with the help of 81 wonderful Kickstarter supporters. You can support me too: buy your copy here. 

 

 

 

MORTON FELDMAN :: THREE VOICES :: JULIET FRASER

On every level, from the text of O'Hara's poem to the demands of Feldman's music, this is a work that is about the very human effort of wondering, reaching, grasping. — Juliet Fraser

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CRITICAL ACCLAIM

 

  • great review by Louise Gray in The Wire
  • 4-star review by Andrew Clements in The Guardian (UK)
  • 10/10 review by David Hurwitz in Classics Today (USA) 
  • 5-star review by Thomas Meyer in JAZZ 'N' MORE (Switzerland)
  • nominated for the Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik Prize (New Music category) 
  • featured on BBC Radio 3's 'Late Junction', 7 Dec 2016
It takes some guts (and some lung capacity) to approach a work that is so strongly associated with another performer, but soprano Juliet Fraser has both and her interpretation of Three Voices is truly a statuesque rendering of space and beauty. The Wire, May 2017 
 
...mesmerising performance, wonderfully controlled and paced... Like so many of Feldman’s scores, Three Voices has a unique, lingering beauty. The Guardian, April 2017
 

 

FROM THE LINER NOTES:

 

In Three Voices everything focuses on the singer, and the music Feldman gives her to sing is as unremittingly demanding as anything in his instrumental writing. As the voice twists and turns, rises and falls, folding in on itself in complicated repetitions and variations, we are conscious both of the intricacy of the pattern-making and the physical demands it is making.

— Christopher Fox. 

 

The challenge of recording this piece is to avoid rendering the delicate tapestry either too cold, too clinical, or too gorgeous; to rest in the ambiguous space between beauty and evil, between the living and the dead. On every level, from the text of O'Hara's poem to the demands of Feldman's music, this is a work that is about the very human effort of wondering, reaching, grasping. 

— Juliet Fraser.

 

Click here to read the full version of Juliet's liner notes.

 

Recorded 24-31 October 2015 in the Performance Space, City University London.

Recording and producer: Mark Knoop; engineer and CD-mastering: Newton Armstrong;

liner notes by Christopher Fox and Juliet Fraser; graphic concept by fuhrer vienna;

executive production by Bernhard "Benne" Vischer, Christian C. Dalucas and Werner X. Uehlinger.

 

 

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