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Morton Feldman: Triadic Memories

by Helena Basilova

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Eugene Exquisite compositions. If you admire Morton Feldman you know his harmonizations can be simple or intricate but the use of space is integral to the music, and it’s the durations of silence so perfectly placed that makes the music even more poignant, akin to a painters use of negative space on a canvas. Stunningly rendered by Helena and superbly recorded. I can’t recommend this record/download enough. If able get a high resolution download like FLAC.
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Track 1 08:09
Track 2 07:20
Track 3 13:46
Track 4 10:17
Track 5 14:09
Track 6 12:25
Track 7 12:35
Track 8 13:11


Composer Morton Feldman (New York,1926-1987) searched for ways to reform our sense of structure, time and form. He regarded his Triadic Memories (1981) as a spatial landscape in which you move. Lengths of time, rests and silences increase; the listener's musical memory is tested.

Pianist Helena Basilova found a renewed relevance for Feldman’s composition, in a period where time is losing its meaning, and our days are becoming increasingly monotonous. The repetitiveness of days taking over our thoughts and we seem to wait for something, not quite sure what what this something will be. Do we wish the past to return? Do we long for the future to unfold? In any case, we don't seem very comfortable to just "hang in there", not being able to move forward.

This state of floating in the present moment connects Feldman's music to current times stronger than ever. With notes sounding, just for the sake of their existence and not for the sake of a bigger picture, Feldman is trying to disorient our perception, trying to free our memory and asking for the listener to surrender to the now.

" This way of working was a conscious attempt at formalizing a disorientation of memory. Chords are heard repeated without any discernible pattern. In this regularity there is a suggestion that what we hear is functional and directional, but we soon realize that this is an illusion: a bit like walking the streets of Berlin – where all the buildings look alike, even if they're not.” - M. Feldman about Triadic Memories.


released October 22, 2020

Studio 150, Amsterdam


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Helena Basilova Amsterdam, Netherlands

Among the many clichés surrounding Russia, perhaps none is more persistent than a nostalgia Russians supposedly feel for a time they may never have known. Helena Basilova, born in Russia to two established pianists/composers but raised in the Netherlands, subverts all other stereotypes. But her personal history did - undeniably - instill her with a sense of melancholy. ... more

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