Notes & Reviews:
All of the works on this recording evidence the hallmarks of Martin Amlin's style: a facile flow of elaborate rhythms; a harmonic language rich with the notes that comprise seventh chords; a non-strict usage of tone rows; an honoring of the past through recognizable formal structure and thematic evolution; and a French sensibility that might be described as neo-impressionistic. A student of Nadia Boulanger, Martin Amlin received masters and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards and has been a resident at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. A member of the faculty at Boston University, he is also director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Composition Program. A noted pianist as well, he performs the works on this CD with noted artists Leone Buyse and Michael Webster, who have long been advocates of his music.
American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Anyone interested in modern-era flute or clarinet music will find much of interest in this superbly-played-and-recorded collection of Amlin's wind-instrument compositions. At his best he's dazzling, and even his lesser pieces have much to offer. Amlin's printed music (according to the liner notes) is available from Presser, and I intend to seek out the scores to his Three Etudes and Second Flute Sonata.
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