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.
HatHut have just announced that their entire catalogue and distribution will be taken over by the Belgian mega-label OUTHERE. Three Voices is therefore having a staggered release: it is available already in various territories, but the UK release is now scheduled for 24 March 2017. Beat the rush — buy direct from the diva!
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.
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.
And if you like what you hear, please do spread the word.