The very short viola in my life
An email from a listener prompted me to listen again to ECM’s CD of Morton Feldman’s The Viola in My Life. While the disc was playing my attention was diverted elsewhere, and when I returned I found the music had finished. At first I thought I had miscued the disc, then I remembered that the ECM CD plays for just 39 minutes 39 seconds. Is this the shortest full price classical CD ever released?
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Can anyone better 37' 23"?
The wording of the review that I linked too is particularly opaque. Reading it again I deduce that the 37' 23" CD referred to was an early 80s release of the Rachmaninov Suites Nos 1 & 2 for Two Pianos played by Nelson Friere, which would be right for 37 minutes if taken quickly.
So 37' 23" stands, even if I had the programme on the discs wrong.
Somewhere I think I have an early Philips CD of Argerich/Kondrashin playing Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto (and nothing else), live, in under 32 minutes. Can this be right?
'And more music of John Adams coming in at a minimalist 32:17:
Harmonium, Edo de Waart and SFSO, ECM, 1984.'
Tom, you are right, and I am embarrassed - that CD is in my collection!
The BSO/Levine live performance of Peter Lieberson's Neruda Songs sung by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson on Nonesuch appears to sell for full price. ArkivMusic clocks it's length as 31:51.