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Music for Mandolin and Guitar by Kaiser, Febonio, Axelrod, Delpriora et al. / Duo Ahlert & Schwab

> The Fates - I. Urth and Clotho
> The Fates - II. Verthandi and Lachesis
> The Fates - III. Skuld and Atropos
> Water Ballads, Op. 47 - I. Old Monk with Stick - Icy Pond in Spring
> Water Ballads, Op. 47 - II. Sprite
> Water Ballads, Op. 47 - III. Left by the Tide
> Water Ballads, Op. 47 - IV. Rainy Day
> Water Ballads, Op. 47 - V. Moon
> Strange Attractor - Strange Attractor
> Mercurials - Mercurials No. 1
> Mercurials - Mercurials No. 2
> Mercurials - Mercurials No. 3
> Mercurials - Mercurials No. 4
> Sonata for mandolin and guitar - Ruins I
> Sonata for mandolin and guitar - Ruins II
> Daimonelix - Daimonelix
> Indigo Trails - Indigo Trails

Album Summary

>Kaiser, Tyler : The Fates, for mandolin & guitar
>Febonio, Tom G. : Water Ballads, for mandolin & guitar, Op. 47
>Edwards, Timothy : Strange Attractor, for mandolin & guitar
>Axelrod, Lawrence : Mercurials, for mandolin & guitar
>Delpriora, Mark : Sonata for mandolin & guitar
>Gordon, Jay [Classical] : Daimonelix, for mandolin & guitar
>Harrington, Jeffrey : Indigo Trails, for mandolin & guitar
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Many of the works on this recording were written for award-winning Duo Ahlert & Schwab, who have contributed greatly to making contemporary music from the United States a significant part of mandolin and guitar repertoire. The mellow tones and chiming sparkle associated with these instruments is represented in a wide diversity of pieces whose styles and influences include fragments of classical forms in Mark Delpriora's Sonata, references to the mysteries of nature in Daimonelix, named after spiraling rock formations found in Nebraska, electronic music, rock music and Middle East-ern music in Indigo Trails, and chaos theory in Strange Attractor. The Duo Ahlert & Schwab is considered to be one of the leading duos playing modern and historic plucked instruments, and as chamber musicians and soloists they appear at festivals and in concert halls throughout the world. The duo's repertoire for mandolin, guitar and lute embraces music from the Baroque to the present day. More than fifty composers of many nationalities and styles have dedicated compositions to them.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Ahlert and Schwab perform with precision, commitment, and invention. They are always expressive, virtuosic but never showy.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Birgit Schwab, Daniel Ahlert (guitar).

Recording information: Burg Sternberg, Extertal, Germany (10/12/2010-10/13/2010).



Reviews

Never Less Than Interesting
Duo Ahlert & Schwab “Music for Mandolin and Guitar” NAXOS

Mandolinist Daniel Ahlert and guitarist Birgit Schwab have performed together for 20 years and their repertoire spans more than four centuries. This current recording has the duo playing out along the experimental edge of modern music, featuring works by seven contemporary American composers.
The results, while probably not for every taste, are as consistently interesting and different as music can get. Some of it is achingly beautiful, alternately joyous and melancholy, vigorous and dream-like. Other pieces (or parts of pieces) are so arhythmic and anti-tonal that they verge on becoming unlistenable. Welcome to modern music.
De gustibus non est disputandum.
Recorded with their usual technical expertise, Duo Ahlert & Schwab’s “Music for Mandolin and Guitar” may not make everyone’s top 10 list, but when artists this brilliant perform any kind of music, baroque or 12 tone, that music deserves to be listened to.

Recommended 8 ½ out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano


Submitted on 04/06/12 by Oscar O. Veterano 
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Works Details

>Kaiser, Tyler : The Fates, for mandolin & guitar
  • Ensemble: Duo Ahlert & Schwab
  • Notes: Burg Sternberg, Extertal, Germany (10/12/2010-10/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.

>Febonio, Tom G. : Water Ballads, for mandolin & guitar, Op. 47
  • Ensemble: Duo Ahlert & Schwab
  • Notes: Burg Sternberg, Extertal, Germany (10/12/2010-10/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 2 sec.

>Edwards, Timothy : Strange Attractor, for mandolin & guitar
  • Ensemble: Duo Ahlert & Schwab
  • Notes: Burg Sternberg, Extertal, Germany (10/12/2010-10/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Axelrod, Lawrence : Mercurials, for mandolin & guitar
  • Ensemble: Duo Ahlert & Schwab
  • Notes: Burg Sternberg, Extertal, Germany (10/12/2010-10/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Delpriora, Mark : Sonata for mandolin & guitar
  • Ensemble: Duo Ahlert & Schwab
  • Notes: Burg Sternberg, Extertal, Germany (10/12/2010-10/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 56 sec.

>Gordon, Jay [Classical] : Daimonelix, for mandolin & guitar
  • Ensemble: Duo Ahlert & Schwab
  • Notes: Burg Sternberg, Extertal, Germany (10/12/2010-10/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.

>Harrington, Jeffrey : Indigo Trails, for mandolin & guitar
  • Ensemble: Duo Ahlert & Schwab
  • Notes: Burg Sternberg, Extertal, Germany (10/12/2010-10/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern