ALECK KARIS: WEBERN, WOLPE & FELDMAN
In 1950, Morton Feldman met John Cage after a performance of Webern’s Symphony. Feldman walked up to Cage and said, “Wasn’t that beautiful?” Their mutual admiration for Webern began a life-long friendship. Feldman had been studying with Stefan Wolpe for five years. Feldman wrote: “…at eighteen I found myself with Stefan Wolpe. But all we did was argue about music, and I felt I was learning nothing.” Later in life Feldman acknowledged Wolpe’s influence. Aleck Karis, longtime pianist for Speculum Musicae, plays a program of key works by this essential triumvirate.
“Karis understands the inner workings of these pieces, and this knowledge clearly informs his performance here. Careful attention is given in each piece to texture and contour, arguably the most salient features of this style of music.” - Meg’s New Music Blog
Aleck Karis, piano
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