The Many Views of Betty Freeman

The Many Views of Betty Freeman

Newport Classics

Betty Freeman and John Cage
in Ferrara, Italy, July 2, 1991
Photo courtesy Betty Freeman

FRANK J. OTERI: Recordings are one of the best ways to disseminate new music. I know that a number of years ago you were involved with Newport Classic.

BETTY FREEMAN: Yeah. I think they closed or something.

FRANK J. OTERI: Well they’re still going but they discontinued the new music series. And that was a fabulous series.

BETTY FREEMAN: Yeah, you know what he did, he sold it to Sony.

FRANK J. OTERI: Yeah, then they put it all out of print.

BETTY FREEMAN: Yeah, that’s right. And I’m trying to get my 10 records back.

FRANK J. OTERI: Those are great records. The Henry Brant record is amazing. Steve Mackey, Cage… And I love the recording of Feldman‘s For Samuel Beckett.

BETTY FREEMAN: I’ve tried, I’ve written four letters to Sony. Then I had a lucky break and Thomas Frost whom I knew years, and years, and years ago through Partch called me and said that he would help me. He’s the Senior Producer there. So there’s a possibility now that I’ll get them back. Depends on what they charge me to get them back.

FRANK J. OTERI: Would you have them released on another label?

BETTY FREEMAN: Well, I asked CRI and they were interested. We’ll see…

FRANK J. OTERI: Those are recordings that should be available to people. They are important recordings.

BETTY FREEMAN: Yeah, well thank you, I’ll let you know what happens.

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