Morton Feldman’s 1982 “Three Voices” is one of the great masterpieces of modernism written for the human voice. Feldman sets three vocal lines on a poem dedicated to him by the American writer Frank O’Hara. As a fragile sound mixture of two recordings recorded over loudspeakers and a voice sung live, Feldman creates a strange disappearance of the feeling of time, a mixture of remembering and forgetting, a space of silence and slowness. The loudspeakers on stage are a metaphor for two of Feldman’s deceased friends: the painter Philip Guston and the poet Frank O’Hara.
The singer Noa Frenkel is an impressive interpreter not only of contemporary music, she regularly performs at the most important festivals with renowned ensembles, including Ensemble Modern, Schönberg Ensemble, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, MusikFabrik, The Israelis Contemporary Players and Experimental Studio Freiburg (SWR).
Vocals and tape recordings: Noa Frenkel