Hi Peter-I looked this work up and also another work by Feldman titled,
"For John Cage." These both appear on a Matchless DVD (MRDVD01) that is
described as follows:
"Region: 0, PAL format. This is a video DVD, although images are only used
for the DVD menu and the first 25 sec of each track. The screen will be
black for the remainder of the pieces. The disk can only be played on a
computer with DVD drive or DVD player."
I am listening to a streaming version while I type, and I congratulate you
for being able to find the time to sit and listen all the way through; the
music is somewhat challenging to listen to attentively. Interesting to
note that "For John Cage" is 89.01 minutes long and the Piano and String
Quartet is 89.30 minutes. Both versions are done by the Smith Quartet in
2009. Do you think that moving to a DVD solves some problems? Why are the
Smith Quartet versions 10 minutes longer than your version? Is it possible
that some of the work was removed to make it fit on CD, or are the tempi
different enough so that the work lasts longer in the Smith version?
On Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 12:52 AM, Peter Hirsch <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I am listening to a recording of Morton Feldman's Piano and string quartet
> on a Bridge CD (catalog no. 9369). This piece clocks in at 79:13 and is
> recorded as a single track of that length. The sound drops out from time to
> time for a moment, which leads me to wonder if the unusual length of the
> disc and track is a factor have listened to this disc on my computer's CD
> drive without these dropouts.
> Can someone give a lucid, brief, explanation of what causes the dropouts
> and why the results are different on my computer and CD player?
> Curious as ever,
> Peter Hirsch
Frank B Strauss, DMD