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Music Of Ursula Mamlok, Vol. 4 / Veale, Kobler, Loffler, Meixner

Mamlok / Veale / Kobler / Loffler / Meixner
Release Date: 04/09/2013 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9361   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ursula MamlokUrsula Mamlock
Performer:  Stephen GoslingCharles NeidichHsin-Yun HuangHolger Groschopp,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble MusikfabrikCologne Percussion Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In celebration of Ursula Mamlok’s 90th Birthday (February 1, 2013) Bridge Records, in cooperation with Deutschlandrundfunk, is proud to release a two-disc retrospective recording of the German/American composer’s music. The music included spans 67 years of Ms. Mamlok’s compositional career, and incorporates performances by both American and German soloists and ensembles. Many of the works heard on these discs (more than two hours of music) are being recorded for the first time. The release of this recording coincides with celebrations in Germany and the premiere of a new documentary film about the composer’s life. In celebration of Ursula Mamlok’s 90th Birthday (February 1, 2013) Bridge Records, in cooperation with Deutschlandrundfunk, is proud to release a two-disc retrospective recording of the German/American composer’s music. The music included spans 67 years of Ms. Mamlok’s compositional career, and incorporates performances by both American and German soloists and ensembles. Many of the works heard on these discs (more than two hours of music) are being recorded for the first time. The release of this recording coincides with celebrations in Germany and the premiere of a new documentary film about the composer’s life. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rhapsody for Clarinet, Viola and Piano by Ursula Mamlok
Performer:  Stephen Gosling (Piano), Charles Neidich (Clarinet), Hsin-Yun Huang (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
2.
Concerto for Oboe by Ursula Mamlok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musikfabrik
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976 
3.
Bagatelles (3) for Piano/Harpsichord by Ursula Mamlok
Performer:  Holger Groschopp (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
4.
Divertimento by Ursula Mamlok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musikfabrik
5.
Rotations by Ursula Mamlok
Performer:  Jakob Spahn (Cello), Holger Groschopp (Piano)
6.
Klavierstücke (2) by Ursula Mamlok
Performer:  Holger Groschopp (Piano)
7.
German Songs (4) by Ursula Mamlock
Performer:  Jesse Blumberg (Baritone), Stephen Gosling (Piano)
8.
Aphorisms I by Ursula Mamlok
Performer:  Kolja Lessing (Piano)
9.
Aphorisms II by Ursula Mamlok
Performer:  Ayako Oshima (Clarinet), Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
10.
Composition for Cello by Ursula Mamlok
Performer:  Jakob Spahn (Cello)
11.
Grasshoppers by Ursula Mamlok
Performer:  Holger Groschopp (Piano)
12.
Three Part Fugue in A minor by Ursula Mamlok
Performer:  Holger Groschopp (Piano)
13.
Sonatina for 2 Clarinets by Ursula Mamlok
Performer:  Ayako Oshima (Clarinet), Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
14.
Concert Piece for 4 by Ursula Mamlok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musikfabrik
15.
Movements by Ursula Mamlok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musikfabrik
16.
Variations and Interludes by Ursula Mamlok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Percussion Quartet

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Overiew with insight August 9, 2013 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Although most noted for her serial works, Mamlock began as a neoclassical composer (albeit one that strained at the limits of tonality). "Grasshoppers" (1957) and Sonatina for 2 Clarinets (1958) show her affinity for counterpoint, even in a somewhat traditional melodic framework. <br /> <br /> One can hear her move towards Schoenberg serialism with "Four German Songs" (1958) and fully embracing it with the Composition for Cello (1962). To my ears, the works of this period sound like notes hanging from an Alexander Calder mobile. Tone clusters and motifs align and move apart according to their prescribed paths, yet still yield unexpected and seemingly random combinations. <br /> <br /> Most of the works with percussion on this release come from the 1970's when Mamlok was exploring the tactile aspect of music. Works like the "Variations and And Interludes for Four Percussionists" (1971) can sound like Varese at times, but the resemblance is passing. <br /> <br /> For me, the most successful works in the collection are the most recent -- "Aphorism I and II" (2009) and "Rotations" for cello and piano (2011). Mamlok's grown into her own compositional style, synthesizing all the influences apparent in the different phases of her earlier career. The music sounds completely natural, while still conforming to its own internal logic. <br /> <br /> Bridge doesn't order the works on this 2 CD set in chronological order, which helps the listener hear the connections between works that are sometimes decades apart. Well done." Report Abuse
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