Current Listening: Morton Feldman’s Neither Opera with Sarah Leonard

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Neither, an opera in 1 act, is the only opera by the American composer Morton Feldman, with the libretto written by the great novelist/playwright/poet Samuel Beckett. This recording is performed by soprano Sarah Leonard and the Radio-Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) conducted by Zoltán Peskó. It is one of the only 2 recordings available for this opera so far (the other one is performed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, available on Col Legno label).

Neither is an artistic, beautiful and emotional work, and is very different from the common operas. The performance here renders Feldman’s eerie, mysterious and haunting world very well. Soprano Sarah Leonard does a wonderful job at bringing out the despair and emotions of the work as well.

I have not listened to the other performance by Petra Hoffman and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra yet, but this performance by Leonard/Peskó/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra is definitely lovely and impressive. Highly recommended!!

kanN

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