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Morton Feldman once said silence was his counterpoint: ‘It’s nothing against something.’ He was a wonderful composer of ‘nothing’ and For Bunita Marcus, like his other long, slow, near-silent late works, employs it to entrancing effect. Ivan Ilić’s enthusiasm for the music (this disc completes his ‘Morton Feldman Trilogy’) perhaps explains the occasional over-excited moment – John Tilbury’s exemplary recording takes nearly 10 minutes longer – as well as his curious decision to split the piece into 22 tracks, so people needn’t listen to the whole work in one sitting. This contrasts oddly with his argument that Feldman’s music weaves its spell incrementally, over time, until, as dedicatee Bunita Marcus said, you feel like you’re ‘drifting and floating’. Not if you’re jumping up and down to skip between tracks!

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