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Ursula Mamlok, Vol. 4 / Ensemble musikFabrik; Stephen Gosling, piano

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  1. Rotations: I. Andante con moto $1.29 on iTunes
  2. Rotations: II. As From Afar $1.29 on iTunes
  3. Rotations: III. Sehr ruhig $1.29 on iTunes
  4. Zwei Klavierstücke: I. Inward Journey $1.29 on iTunes
  5. Zwei Klavierstücke: II. In High Spirits $1.29 on iTunes
  6. Four German Songs: I. Über die Felder $1.29 on iTunes
  7. Four German Songs: II. September $1.29 on iTunes
  8. Four German Songs: III. Schmetterling $1.29 on iTunes
  9. Four German Songs: IV. Nachtgefühl $1.29 on iTunes
  10. Aphorisms I: I. Andante $1.29 on iTunes
  11. Aphorisms I: II. Sehr langsam $1.29 on iTunes
  12. Aphorisms I: III. Presto $1.29 on iTunes
  13. Aphorisms I: IV. Schnell $1.29 on iTunes
  14. Aphorisms I: V. Larghetto $1.29 on iTunes
  15. Aphorisms II: I. Andante con moto $1.29 on iTunes
  16. Aphorisms II: II. Adagio $1.29 on iTunes
  17. Aphorisms II: III. Quarter note = 76 $1.29 on iTunes
  18. Aphorisms II: IV. Largo, Dreamy $1.29 on iTunes
  19. Aphorisms II: V. Allegro molto $1.29 on iTunes
  20. Aphorisms II: VI. Lamentoso $1.29 on iTunes
  21. Composition for Cello: I. Broadly $1.29 on iTunes
  22. Composition for Cello: II. Capricious $1.29 on iTunes
  23. Composition for Cello: III. With tenderness $1.29 on iTunes
  24. Composition for Cello: IV. With energy $1.29 on iTunes
  25. Three Bagatelles: I. Grazioso $1.29 on iTunes
  26. Three Bagatelles: II. Very calm $1.29 on iTunes
  27. Three Bagatelles: III. Playful $1.29 on iTunes
  28. Grasshoppers: I. Sunday Walk $1.29 on iTunes
  29. Grasshoppers: II. Night Serenade $1.29 on iTunes
  30. Grasshoppers: III. In the Rain $1.29 on iTunes
  31. Grasshoppers: IV. Minuet $1.29 on iTunes
  32. Grasshoppers: V. In the Army $1.29 on iTunes
  33. Grasshoppers: VI. Hurrying Home $1.29 on iTunes
  34. Three Part Fugue in A Minor $1.29 on iTunes
  35. Sonatina: I. Allegretto grazioso $1.29 on iTunes
  36. Sonatina: II. Lento semplice $1.29 on iTunes
  37. Sonatina: III. Rondo: Vivo, scherzando $1.29 on iTunes
  38. Rhapsody $1.29 on iTunes
  39. Concert Piece for 4: I. Capricious $1.29 on iTunes
  40. Concert Piece for 4: II. Very calm $1.29 on iTunes
  41. Concert Piece for 4: III. In high spirits $1.29 on iTunes
  42. Movements: I. With plasticity $1.29 on iTunes
  43. Movements: II. Veiled $1.29 on iTunes
  44. Movements: III. Exuberant $1.29 on iTunes
  45. Divertimento: I. Toccata $1.29 on iTunes
  46. Divertimento: II. Refrains $1.29 on iTunes
  47. Divertimento: III. Variations $1.29 on iTunes
  48. Divertimento: IV. Epilogue $1.29 on iTunes
  49. Variations and Interludes: I. Quarter-note = 56 $1.29 on iTunes
  50. Variations and Interludes: Interlude I $1.29 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mamlok, Ursula : Rotations, for cello & piano
>Mamlok, Ursula : Pieces (2) for piano
>Mamlok, Ursula : German songs (4), for baritone & piano
>Mamlok, Ursula : Aphorisms I, for violin
>Mamlok, Ursula : Aphorisms II, for 2 clarinets
>Mamlok, Ursula : Composition for cello
>Mamlok, Ursula : Bagatelles (3) for piano
>Mamlok, Ursula : Grasshoppers, for piano
>Mamlok, Ursula : Three-part fugue for piano in A minor
>Mamlok, Ursula : Sonatina for 2 clarinets
>Mamlok, Ursula : Rhapsody, for clarinet, viola & piano
>Mamlok, Ursula : Concert piece, for flute, oboe, viola & percussion
>Mamlok, Ursula : Movements, for flute, vibraphone, double bass & percussion
>Mamlok, Ursula : Divertimento for flute, cello, vibraphone & percussion
>Mamlok, Ursula : Variations and Interludes, for 4 percussionists
>Mamlok, Ursula : Concerto for oboe, 2 pianos & percussion
Performers Ensembles Composer

Notes & 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. Also available: Ursula Mamlok: Vol 1 (BRIDGE 9291), Vol. 2 (BRIDGE 9293) & Vol. 3 (BRIDGE 9360).

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
The use of percussion to fill out the music enables Mamlok to be even more humorous than usual. In fact, there are some fine moments in the Variations and I hope Peter Veale, the oboist, recovers from the insistent flutter-tonguing in the final concerto. You should find this collection quite enjoyable. Mamlok is a sensitive composer who does not tire the ears or the emotions by overdoing things. She has a sense of timing and a variety of intentions that expresses humanity in an unusual way. The recordings and performances are well done.



Reviews

Overview with insight
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Submitted on 08/09/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Mamlok, Ursula : Rotations, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Holger Groschopp (Piano); Jakob Spahn (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble musikFabrik
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2011

>Mamlok, Ursula : Pieces (2) for piano
  • Performer: Holger Groschopp (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Schlagquartett Koln
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989

>Mamlok, Ursula : German songs (4), for baritone & piano
  • Performers: Jesse Blumberg (Baritone); Stephen Gosling (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Mamlok, Ursula : Aphorisms I, for violin
  • Performer: Kolja Lessing (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2009

>Mamlok, Ursula : Aphorisms II, for 2 clarinets
  • Performers: Charles Neidich (Clarinet); Ayako Oshima (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2009

>Mamlok, Ursula : Composition for cello
  • Performer: Jakob Spahn (Cello)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Mamlok, Ursula : Bagatelles (3) for piano
  • Performer: Holger Groschopp (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987

>Mamlok, Ursula : Grasshoppers, for piano
  • Performer: Holger Groschopp (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Mamlok, Ursula : Three-part fugue for piano in A minor
  • Performer: Holger Groschopp (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Mamlok, Ursula : Sonatina for 2 clarinets
  • Performers: Charles Neidich (Clarinet); Ayako Oshima (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Mamlok, Ursula : Rhapsody, for clarinet, viola & piano
  • Performers: Stephen Gosling (Piano); Hsin-Yun Huang (Viola); Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mamlok, Ursula : Concert piece, for flute, oboe, viola & percussion
  • Performers: Christian Bernhard (Viola); Helen Bledsoe (Flute); Dirk Rothbrust (Percussion); Peter Veale (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1964

>Mamlok, Ursula : Movements, for flute, vibraphone, double bass & percussion
  • Performers: Helen Bledsoe (Flute); Thomas Meixner (Percussion); Achim Seyler (Vibraphone)
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1966

>Mamlok, Ursula : Divertimento for flute, cello, vibraphone & percussion
  • Performers: Helen Bledsoe (Flute); Boris Müller (Percussion); Achim Seyler (Percussion); Dirk Wietheger (Cello)
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Mamlok, Ursula : Variations and Interludes, for 4 percussionists
  • Performers: Thomas Meixner (Percussion); Boris Müller (Percussion); Dirk Rothbrust (Percussion); Achim Seyler (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Schlagquartett Köln
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Mamlok, Ursula : Concerto for oboe, 2 pianos & percussion
  • Performers: Benjamin Kobler (Piano); Ulrich Löffler (Piano); Thomas Meixner (Percussion); Peter Veale (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 13 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1980