Com­poser Mor­ton Feld­man’s affini­ties lay more with the painters of the New York School, in­clud­ing Jack­son Pol­lock. “What re­sem­bled Pol­lock was my ‘all-over’ ap­proach to the time-can­vas,” Feld­man re­marked.

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - Rooms of Elsi­nore, (Fuego de ángel, Prisms Märch­en­erzäh­lun­gen, Sen­sa­tion

Lovers of new mu­sic can check out three pieces co-com­mis­sioned by the fes­ti­val: Brett Dean’s for vi­ola and piano, with the com­poser play­ing vi­ola (July 30 and 31); Ju­lian An­der­son’s for solo piano (Aug. 3); and — the most warmly an­tic­i­pated of the three — Wil­liam Bol­com’s Sex­tet for vi­o­lin, cello, clar­inet, trum­pet, bas­soon, and piano (Aug. 16). Other works by mod­ern com­posers are sprin­kled through the sea­son, in­clud­ing pieces by James Mathe­son (Quar­tet for Oboe and Strings, July 25), Roberto Sierra played by the piano quar­tet Opus One, Aug. 15), Oliver Knussen (Can­tata for Oboe and String Trio, Aug. 20), fes­ti­val artis­tic di­rec­tor Mark Neikrug (rep­re­sented by two pieces, his String Trio on July 26 and his for solo piano on Aug. 9), and, on Aug. 4, Freya Wa­ley-Co­hen and Phil Tay­lor, who are par­tic­i­pants in the fes­ti­val’s ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram for young com­posers. In that Aug. 4 con­cert, the FLUX Quar­tet plays not only those stu­dent works but also two splen­did en­tries in the mod­ern reper­toire — El­liott Carter’s Quin­tet for Piano and Strings and Thomas Adès’ Piano Quin­tet (in both cases as­sisted by pi­anist Stephen Gosling).

So far as stan­dard reper­toire is con­cerned, quite a few promis­ing per­for­mances of well-loved works make ap­pear­ances, but, given the grab-bag ap­proach to pro­gram­ming, it is eas­ier to rec­om­mend in­di­vid­ual items rather than com­plete pro­grams. Here are some we might ex­pect to be es­pe­cially stimulating: Schu­mann’s Piano Quar­tet played by vi­o­lin­ist Daniel Hope, vi­o­list Paul Neubauer, cel­list Clive Green­smith, and pi­anist Jon Kimura Parker, at the end of the sea­son’s open­ing con­certs, on Sun­day, July 16, and Mon­day, July 17; Schu­mann’s with clar­inetist Todd Levy, vi­o­list Car­laMaria Ro­drigues, and pi­anist Parker, on July 23 and 24; Mozart’s Piano Con­certo in C ma­jor (K. 415), per­formed by Anne-Marie McDer­mott and five string play­ers, Aug. 12; Mozart’s Wind Ser­e­nade in E-flat ma­jor (K.375), with a fine group­ing of eight wind play­ers, on Aug. 15; Brahms’ String Sex­tet No. 1, with vi­o­lin­ists Wil­liam Preucil and John Storgårds, vi­o­lists Steven Te­nen­bom and Ida Kavafian, and cel­lists Peter Wi­ley and Eric Kim, on Aug. 16; and Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Per­cus­sion, with An­der­son & Roe plus per­cus­sion­ists Daniel Druck­man and Robert Klieger, on Aug. 20. Let the mu­sic be­gin.

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