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The Anonymous Feldman Zone

‘For Bunita Marcus’ (1985) is one of the most revered and frequently performed works in Morton Feldman’s catalogue. It has been released on disc at least 12 times, sometimes played by well-known Feldman interpreters, sometimes by celebrated pianists who aren’t primarily associated with experimental music, and sometimes by pianists who are not at all well-known.

Some people maintain that one or other pianist’s version is superior to the others, or that a particular pianist’s touch is unique. There are obviously differences of interpretation across the many recordings, but in a blind test how easy is it to distinguish between the various versions?

Below on the left are the names of six of the pianists who have recorded ‘For Bunita Marcus’. On the right are six audio extracts in a random order, one by each of the pianists listed. The extracts feature the same passage from the piece, lasting between 4’20” and 5’10” depending on the interpretation.

You can listen to all six versions and see which you prefer. And, if you like, you can try to match each extract to a particular pianist. On 31st May 2018 we will reveal who is playing on each of the audio extracts.

We think it’s wonderful music, so have fun.  

 Six recordings in order of release date

 Hildegard Kleeb   Hat art  1991

 John Tilbury   LondonHALL  1993

 Stéphane Ginsburgh   Sub Rosa  2007

 Louis Goldstein    Nuscope  2010

 Satoko Inoue   ALM Records   2013

 Marc-André Hamelin   Hyperion   2017

  version 1

  version 2

  version 3

  version 4

  version 5

  version 6

For earlier Anonymous Zone projects from 2011-2013, go here

 Six other recordings of ‘For Bunita Marcus’ not represented here

 Markus Hinterhäuser   Col Legno   1995

 Sabine Liebner   Oehms Classics   2007

 Steffen Schleiermacher   MDG  2009

 Gianni Lenoci   Amirani Records   2013

 Lenio Liatsu   God Records  2014

  Ivan Ilić   Paraty   2015