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Daniel Barbiero
Avant Music News, May 2016

Polyphony I (1968) for solo clarinet—given a lucid performance by Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer—is a four-movement work that in its earlier stages exploits dramatic leaps of intervals and dynamics while setting up apparent harmonic motion through the use of quasi-leading tones… © 2016 Avant Music News Read complete review, August 2014

The new Naxos CD of Mamlok’s chamber music shows her style to be an intricate and sometimes off-putting melding of serial influences with tonal focus: Mamlok clearly knows what she is doing…She is a thoughtful composer who communicates well in words: the disc contains an interview in which she speaks forthrightly with Frank Dodge about her music’s influences and intent. The chamber works here were written over a period of four decades and focus on various instrumental combinations…Through all [the] instrumental combinations, Mamlok clearly is reaching for a connection with listeners; and her expansionist approach lies at the heart of most of the music here. © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2014

As a young girl Ursula Mamlok escaped with her Jewish parents from her Berlin birthplace, and having been musically educated in the USA was to remain there. Then in 2006 she returned ‘home’, this disc being the concert given in the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic to mark her 90th birthday. To enter into the disc you have to be attuned to the cutting edge of modernity into which she occasionally drops moments of conventional 20th century tonality. Much of her output has been in the field of chamber music, and frequently written for one instrument that offers a latitude in interpretation to the performer. This has the instantly creative world that will interest the soloist and audience, her first composition tutor, Gustav Ernst, instilling into her the desirability of discarding everything that is not essential in the final composition, a zeal that permeates her output. Those coming for the first time to Mamlok would be advised to start with the First String Quartet from 1962, which has a degree of complexity and forward momentum. The work is performed by the young Armida Quartet, the remaining tracks featuring various members of the Spectrum Concerts Berlin. The excellent sound comes from the Kultur channel of German Radio… © 2014 David’s Review Corner

Ettore Garzia
Percorsi Musicali, July 2014

Naxos will publish the first monographic CD of Ursula Mamlok in the American Classics’ series, that focuses on a beautiful concert at Kammermusicsalle Berlin in February 2013, in which almost all of the best Mamlok’s compositions were taken.

There is a common characteristic in all the composition, a recognized style: the balance between rhythms and intensity of sound, a rhythmic vivacity of serial writing which intersects with some doubtful musical lines, deep tonal evocations that remind us indelible marks or traces of post-war writing, textures with a variable intensity that we perceive with the aid of the Spectrum Concerts Berlin’s musicians and Armida Quartet. © 2014 Percorsi Musicali

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