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The music of Jocelyn Morlock (b.1969): 'Cobalt' / Karl Stobbe, violin; Vernon Regehr, cello

Album Summary

>Morlock, Jocelyn : Music of the Romantic Era, for orchestra
>Morlock, Jocelyn : Cobalt, for 2 violins & orchestra
>Morlock, Jocelyn : Disquiet, for orchestra
>Morlock, Jocelyn : Asylum, for violin, cello & piano
>Morlock, Jocelyn : Oiseaux Bleus et Sauvages, for orchestra
>Morlock, Jocelyn : Golden, for oboe & orchestra
>Morlock, Jocelyn : Solace, for violin, cello & string orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Praised for writing 'richly satisfying harmonies and solo melodies full of emotion' (Gwenda Nemerofsky, Winnipeg Free Press) with 'an acute feeling for sonority' and an approach that is 'deeply idiomatic' (David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun), Juno-nominated composer Jocelyn Morlock's music embraces in uences as diverse as Ravel, Saariaho, Nikolai Korndorf, and Balinese gamelan into a distinctive and lyrically exquisite voice. In her first full-length CD release, Jocelyn Morlock presents a selection of predominantly orchestral music written between 2001- 2010, performed by an array of stellar ensembles and soloists. The title track features violinists Jonathan Crow and Karl Stobbe and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in a virtuosic performance conducted by Alain Trudel; Mark Fewer, then VSO concertmaster, shines on the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra recording of Solace



Reviews

Very creative and picturesque works worth a listen!
I have heard some of the music of Canadian composer Jocelyn Morlock before and have enjoyed the creativity and picture-painting effect! Her music always seem to have a clever and, frequently, historical basis for its foundation. Such as the case with "Music of the Romantic Era", a bit of a pastiche of colors, harmonies and effects that seem to playfully recall the styles and even specific pieces from times before. "Cobalt" is a most interesting work and takes its inspiration from the many derivations of the word 'cobalt' including the toxic nature of the element, the mischievous aspects of the German folk lore goblin, a "kobold" and also from the dark, but beautiful shade of blue. I really enjoyed this work a lot. This fascinating collection has three orchestral works in a row that were inspired by Morlock's attachment to the works of other classical composers. "Disquiet" takes its cue from the dark, unsettled and occasionally suddenly terrifying music of Shostakovich. "Asylum" uses a quote on piano from Schumann's "Leiderkreis" and the mood of the song, "Mondnacht", to also paint a picture of tranquility such as in the asylum wherein Schumann spent his last days. The work also features a lovely, sad cello obbligato played beautifully by Vernon Regehr. "Oiseaux bleus et sauvages" refers to the bird song inspired works of Messiaen but here is Morlock's own joyous cacaphony on the birds of her Canada. Each of these is a very compelling work! "Golden" is a touching and somewhat disconcerting tribute to the memory of Russian-Canadian composer Nikolai Korndorf who died unexpectedly in 2001 at the age of 54. The title refers to the flecks of iron pyrite ("fool's gold") that can be found in a stream in Manitoba where, if you swim there, you will emerge as if covered in sparking dust, as if transformed I found the imagery and its analogy to death sad but fascinating. Lastly, there is "Solace", an early work of the composer's, which is inspired by the Medieval work "Missa L'homme arme" by Josquin des Prez. It is a beautiful little work and, while, the other pieces impressed me more; I enjoyed this as well. Jocelyn Morlock is currently serving as inaugural Composer-in-Residence for Vancouver’s innovative concert series, Music on Main. I first heard her work through her "Three Meditations on Light" I was impressed but not to the extent that this album provides. I find Ms. Morlock a creative new voice whose work I would like to follow. I recommend this CD highly for anyone who wishes to discover new, accessible modern music!

Submitted on 04/28/14 by Dan Coombs 
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Works Details

>Morlock, Jocelyn : Music of the Romantic Era, for orchestra
  • Conductor: John Russell
  • Ensemble: Windsor Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Morlock, Jocelyn : Cobalt, for 2 violins & orchestra
  • Performers: Jonathan Crow (Violin); Karl Stobbe (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alain Trudel
  • Ensemble: National Arts Centre Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Morlock, Jocelyn : Disquiet, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Alain Trudel
  • Ensemble: CBC Radio Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Morlock, Jocelyn : Asylum, for violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Nancy Dahn (Violin); Vernon Regehr (Cello); Timothy Steeves (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Duo Concertante
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Morlock, Jocelyn : Oiseaux Bleus et Sauvages, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Bramwell Tovey
  • Ensemble: Pacific Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Morlock, Jocelyn : Golden, for oboe & orchestra
  • Performer: Philippe Magnan (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Marc Destrube
  • Running Time: 10 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Morlock, Jocelyn : Solace, for violin, cello & string orchestra
  • Performers: Mark Fewer (Violin); Zoltán Rozsnyai (Cello)
  • Conductor: Bramwell Tovey
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral