Morton Feldman - Neither, opera in 1 act for soprano & orchestra
Contemporary | 50'25'' | APE, CUE | info | 205 MB
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Zoltan Peskó,
Sarah Leonard, soprano
Neither is the only opera by Morton Feldman, dating from 1977. The libretto consists of a 56-line poem by Samuel Beckett. The work is for a soprano soloist and chamber orchestra. It could more properly be called a monodrama, but given Feldman's own disdain for opera, it can be described as an anti-opera.There is no story, no mise-en-scene. The intensity results from an emotional/aesthetic tension, not plot manipulation or character confrontation. The music does not attempt to accompany or depict the text in the usual fashion; instead Feldman has created a kind of musical equivalent to the environment that the words suggest, invoking the same atmosphere and sharing a similar vision.