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

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: Ayako Oshima (Clarinet); Charles Neidich (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: Hsin-Yun Huang (Viola); Stephen Gosling (Piano); Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mamlok, Ursula : Concert piece, for flute, oboe, viola & percussion
  • Performers: Helen Bledsoe (Flute); Dirk Rothbrust (Percussion); Christian Bernhard (Viola); 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: Achim Seyler (Percussion); Dirk Wietheger (Cello); Boris Müller (Percussion); Helen Bledsoe (Flute)
  • 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); Achim Seyler (Percussion); Dirk Rothbrust (Percussion); Boris Müller (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); Thomas Meixner (Percussion); Ulrich Löffler (Piano); Peter Veale (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 13 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1980