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Mamlok, Ursula / Ursula Mamlok,Volume 5
Album:Ursula Mamlok,Volume 5 Collection:Classical
Artist:Mamlok, Ursula Added:03/2017
Label:Bridge Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2017-03-28 Pull Date:2017-05-30 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:16 Apr

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1.Fri, 14 Apr 17:Caleb Smith
Cardinal Importance

Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2017-03-26 
Ursula Mamlok (1923-2016) fled Nazi Germany and ultimately became an American citizen. She taught at NYU, City U of NY, Temple. et al., and received multiple awards for her compositions and commissions from SF Symphony, Eastman School of Music et al. She describes her music as “colorful, with the background of tonality – tonal centers . . . the music should convey the various emotions in it with clarity and conviction . . . to give the impression of ever-new ideas that are like the flowers of a plant.” This CD’s works are mildly dissonant, but tuneful, often whimsical. Mamlok’s descriptive titles accurately convey the pieces’ moods. Sonata in A Minor 1st mvmt puts a pleasing melody thru variations; 2nd mvmt is playful. Moto Vivo is alternately jovial and ponderous. Allegro for Violin and Piano is serious, becomes urgent and ends in happy resolution. Sonata for Violin and Piano 1st mvmt is discordant, tentative; 2nd mvmt exhausted; 3rd mvmt energetic, exploring a modest-sized space. Fünf Phantasiestücke’s descriptive titles translate as: Restless, Pending, Blithely, Like a Dream, Playful. Breezes I is reflective then agitated; II is mournful.

Track Listing
1.Sonata For Piano Solo: I. Allegro Moderato 6:38 16.Sextet: Iii. Light And Airy 3:18
2.Sonata For Piano Solo: Ii. Poco Allegretto Scherzando 2:40 17.Rückblick: I. Hurried 0:31
3.The Birds Dream: I. The Mocking Bird 0:35 18.Rückblick: Ii. Elegy. Calm 1:54
4.The Birds Dream: Ii. The Sparrow 0:33 19.Rückblick: Iii. With Energy 1:14
5.The Birds Dream: Iii. The Catbird 1:07 20.Rückblick: Iv. Lament. Mournful 2:08
6.The Birds Dream: Iv. The Nightingale 1:14 21.Fünf Phantasiestücke: I. Unruhig 1:00
7.The Birds Dream: V. The Blackbird 0:45 22.Fünf Phantasiestücke: Ii. Schwebend 1:51
8.The Birds Dream: Vi. The Parrot 0:35 23.Fünf Phantasiestücke: Iii. Munter 0:56
9.Molto Vivo 2:22 24.Fünf Phantasiestücke: Iv. Wie Im Traum 2:50
10.Allegro For Violin And Piano 5:57 25.Fünf Phantasiestücke: V. Spielerisch 1:20
11.Sonata For Violin And Piano: I. With Fluctuating Tension 2:32 26.Above Clouds: I. As In A Dream 1:32
12.Sonata For Violin And Piano: Ii. Calm And Tender 3:47 27.Above Clouds: Ii. Scurrying 1:46
13.Sonata For Violin And Piano: Iii. Agitato 3:56 28.Above Clouds: Iii. Calm And Tender 3:20
14.Sextet: I. With Fluctuating Tension 4:13 29.Above Clouds: Iv. Capriccioso 2:05
15.Sextet: Ii. Very Calm 5:12 30.Breezes: I. Slow 2:24
 31.Breezes: Ii. Half Note = Ca. 52 2:54