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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