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Mertl, Gregory / Aferglow Of A Kiss; Empress; Piano Concerto
Album:Aferglow Of A Kiss; Empress; Piano Concerto Collection:Classical
Artist:Mertl, Gregory Added:07/2017
Label:Bridge Records 

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Add Date:2017-07-20 Pull Date:2017-09-21 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:17 Sep10 Sep
Airplays:11

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Album Review
Gary Lemco
Reviewed 2017-07-16 
Gregory Mertl (b. 1969, Ph.D in composition, Eastman School of Music), claims allegiance to the European musical tradition: he favors rhythmic fluidity, shifting textures, and instrumental color. He tends to “through-composed” pieces, those that evolve from their introductory, germ motifs. Afterglow of a Kiss (2000) is a flute concertino in scherzando temperament, with a restless demeanor that becomes exuberant, then calm. Empress (1998) is a serenade-sinfonietta that opens quietly and ends vigorously. In between, colors evolve through the interaction of the 14-piece ensemble’s diverse elements. The Piano Concerto (2008-2010) was written for the soloist, Solungga Liu. Advocating a new “aesthetic,” Mertl has the solo part evolve slowly and un-dramatically, gaining power and independence as the 1st mvmt develops. The 2nd mvmt - Coupling – creates a sense of parity between solo and orchestra. Although based on the Schumann Concerto’s Intermezzo, this music becomes tumultuous and passionate in various modes of “coupling.” Mvmt 3 celebrates interdependence. Utilizing motifs from the prior mvmts, the music becomes buoyant, unpredictable, and spirited, especially given the composer’s dependency on wind-band instruments. Mertl admits that the structure of the last mvmt may be elusive, but its flow is undeniable.

Track Listing
1.Afterglow Of A Kiss (7:02) 3.Piano Concerto. I (10:42)
2.Empress (12:22) 4.Piano Concerto. Ii. “Coupling” (17:16)
 5.Piano Concerto. Iii. (14:52)