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Muhl: Range Of Light


Release Date: 07/27/2004 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 667   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erica Muhl
Performer:  Roger LebowLisa SylvesterErik ForresterLynn Vartan,   ... 
Conductor:  Erica MuhlErik Forrester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Chamber SymphonyLatinoamericano String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Her music has been called ravishingly beautiful and this recording shows why.

Major critics have praised Erica Muhl’s music, describing it as “strong and poetic,” “ravishingly beautiful,” “haunting,” even “fearless”. Paul Hertelendy, one of America’s most esteemed writers on music, wrote, “Muhl has a fine ear and an iridescent palette…[Her work] is a contemporary foray into impressionism, mysticism, veiled allure and the shimmering colors of a concert orchestra”. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, where her father, Edward, was head of production for Universal Pictures and her mother, Barbara, an author and opera singer. Her parents associated with such musical figures as Stravinsky, Schnabel, Stokowski, Andre Previn and
Read more Henry Mancini. As may have been expected in this musical milieu, Muhl was trained both as a composer and conductor, with much of that training completed in Europe. At age sixteen she was invited to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. After returning to California to earn her B.M., she traveled again to Europe for graduate studies at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, studying with the great Italian composer Franco Donatoni. In 1991, she completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California. She studied conducting with Walter Cataldi-Tassoni, a student of Mascagni and Fritz Zweig, a student of Humperdinck and a close colleague of Richard Strauss and Otto Klemperer. Muhl has served as Assistant Conductor for Los Angeles Opera Theater, Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Wagner Festival’s complete Ring. Erica Muhl is Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and resides in Los Angeles.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Consolation by Erica Muhl
Conductor:  Erica Muhl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; USA 
2.
Range of Light by Erica Muhl
Performer:  Roger Lebow (Cello), Lisa Sylvester (Piano), Erik Forrester (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
3.
Trucco by Erica Muhl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latinoamericano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
4.
Tremor by Erica Muhl
Performer:  Lynn Vartan (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
5.
Pulse/Shiver/Stomp by Erica Muhl
Performer:  Ben Loorz (Percussion), Teresa Flores (Percussion), Brian Bartel (Percussion),
Lynn Vartan (Percussion), Lisa Sylvester (Piano), Javier Diaz (Percussion)
Conductor:  Erik Forrester
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
6.
Variations for Piano by Erica Muhl
Performer:  Norman Weston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 

Sound Samples

Consolation (version for chamber orchestra)
Variations for Piano
Range of Light: I. -
Range of Light: II. -
Trucco: I. -
Trucco: II. -
Tremor
Pulse / Shiver / Stomp

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