ESTHER  LAMNECK

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UNSEEN LEAVES

LAWRENCE MOSS

Lifelines - Clarinet and Tape, Esther Lamneck
Korea - NYU New Music Ensemble

EMF CD 045

Lawrence Moss: Unseen Leaves - Music for electronics and instruments
EMF CD 045
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MANY TIMES...

JOEL CHADABE

Many Times Esther, Esther Lamneck, tárogató

EMF CD 050

Joel Chadabe: MANY TIMES...
EMF CD 050

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MUSICA DA CAMERA

CLAUDIO GABRIELE

E un gran gioco si svolge lassù sotto il solo (1998) - clarinetto solo

SMA 012

Claudio Gabriele: Musica da camera
Ensemble Découverte - Esther Lamneck
SMA 012

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Manoscritti

Esther Lamneck, Mauro Orselli

CD ADA REC. 09.11

Manoscritti: Esther Lamneck, Mauro Orselli
Produced by John Rottiers
Distributed by FMP (Free Music Production, Berlin)
Contacts: mauro.orselli@poste.it

TÁROGATÓ

Larry Austin, Alfonso Belfiore, Robert Cogan, Esther Lamneck, Ron Mazurek, Dary John Mizelle, Robert

"Nothing is more fun than discovering a new instrument. The new instrument here is actually hundreds of years old and is called a tarogato. Lamneck has clearly mastered the instrument. She performs every selection with a haunting, fullbodied, rich sound. The engineers did an excellent job. Let's hope she continues to commission and record works for the tarogato." The Newest Music, American Record Guide.

Roméo Records 7212

 
DIVERSE SETTINGS FOR CLARINET

REVIEW FROM FANFARE MAY/JUNE 1999

 

DIVERSE SETTINGS - Esther Lamneck (cl); Ruth Schonthal1, Rosemary Caviglia2 (pn) - CAPSTONE CPS-8641 (51:56)

SCHONTAL Bell of Sarajevo1. MAZUREK Satori. GHEZZO Sound Etchings. KIM Sound of Pusan. CONSOLI Sciuri Novi III. JAZWINSKI Visions. KRAFT No Time Like This Time2

 

    Esther Lamneck is an extraordinary clarinetist, with exacting control and warm, wonderful tone, from chalumeau to the highest register. She negotiates large skips, microtones, and multiphonics with the same casual ease, so that none of the difficulties (and there are many) of this music ever seem to affect the expressive intent of her playing. The recorded sound captures all of this well, with the exception of a too-distant piano part in the Kraft work.

    Ruth Schonthal's Bells of Sarajevo, for clarinet and piano, is meant to evoke the polarity of that city's beauty and of its tragic history in this century. The music is evocative in two ways. The gestures of Balkan folk song, including its microtones and modes, make up much of the melodic material of the first part, which unfolds in recitative sections. These are interrupted by violent chordal outbursts in the piano, colored by in-strings preparation, which refer to the Sarajevo that was recently a war zone. A Yugoslav lullaby provides the material for most of the second half of the piece. The juxtaposition of these simple, contrasting elements could all too easily cross into the realm of the hyperemotional, but Schonthal avoids this trap. The piece is powerfully expressive.

    Ron Mazurek's Satori opens with a metrically free exchange between tape and clarinet, both with chromatic lines of quick staccato notes. A clarinet cadenza, improvised, joins the first half of the piece with the second, which uses more sustained notes in both parts.

    Sound Etchings by Dinu Ghezzo is for clarinet and piano reverberations -- the clarinetist plays into a piano with the sustain pedal secured in the down position. The six-movement piece (allotted on track on the disc) explores a wide melodic range and a number of extended techniques, including multiphonics, microtones, and singing through the instrument. The language is atonal and covers a variety of moods to great effect.

    Lamneck plays a duet with her taped self in Eun-Bae Kim's lovely Sounds of Pusan for clarinet, recorded clarinet, and tape. Both clarinet parts are melodically based, largely modal, microtonally inflected lines in imitation or close harmony with some flutter-tongue coloration. The subtle tape part uses sustained bass notes for a projection of depth.

    Marc Antonio Consoli's Sciuri Novi III was written to be played by either two live clarinets or a taped second clarinet with live first clarinet. This version has the second part on tape. Far busier than the similar setup in Sound of Pusan, both parts contain fast chromatic runs and atonal melody (with a jazzlike feel in places), sometimes imitating one another or in counterpoint. The interlocking lines of the tow parts result in gorgeous textures and interesting crossing patterns.

    Barbara Jazwinski's Visions (1990) for clarinet solo avoids the extensions of timbre and scale found in much of the newest clarinet literature (including that on this disc) while still sounding very modern. Long arpeggios and melodic lines traverse the instrument's entire range, hinting at motivic relationships that are never explicitly stated. This piece shows of Lamneck's "traditional" playing in its full glory.

    No Time Like This Time by Leo Kraft (born 1922) is a good-natured ragtime, full of remembrances of Paul Whiteman or Gershwin but also of Stravinsky. A bluesy central section bisects the more upbeat material. Although enjoyable, the piece seems out of place in this otherwise very modern and serious context.

    The Kraft sticks out, but it's cute and could be heard as a kind of encore sorbet. Hurray for Esther Lamneck, whose talent and skill were midwife to all but the Jazwinski piece (she nonetheless plays the piece like she owns it). This is a well-done mix of new clarinet repertoire.

-Robert Kirzinger

Improjazz (French Experimental Jazz Magazine)

Review - not from the usual suspects

Esther Lamneck

 

DIVERSE SETTINGS, new works by Marc Antonio Consoli, Dinu Ghezzo, Barbara Jazwinski, Eun-Bae Kim, Leo Kraft, Ron Mazurek, Ruth Schonthal

Capstone Records CPS 8641, 1998

 

Why this record in Improjazz? By the looks of it, it's not improvised, nor jazz. But we are against genre boundaries, plus things are (fortunately) more complicated than they seem. Esther Lamneck is a master clarinetist, who could have carved a nice easy career performing Mozart and Bartok (and she did for a while with great success). But she's a musician above all, and the new exciting worlds of sound opened by John Cage, by free jazz, and by European improvisers changed her choices, and now she devotes herself to teaching and promoting new music (extended techniques, electronic interaction between instruments and real time computer music, music/dance improvisation). A number of composers paid homage to her abilities and her creative powers, here displayed in Diverse Settings, as the CD title explains. Improvisation is present throughout, in conditioned or free environment, and the backgrounds range from folksongs (The Bells of Sarajevo, by Ruth Schonthal) to electronics (Satori, by Ron Mazurek) passin through a prerecorded clarinet score (Sounds of Pusan, by Eun-Bae Kim and Sciuri Novi III by Marc Antonio Consoli) and closing with a glorious solo

 

Visions by Barbara Jazwinski). Dinu Ghezzo's piece Sound Etchings creates a lovely, delicate sound environment having the clarinet play around an open piano, reminiscences of Cowell (and Steve Lacy does that too on occasion); jazz rhythms are very much the basis of No Time Like This Time, by Leo Kraft, where Lamneck hints at her jazz club experiences - she can play a mean clarinet, improvising over the changes with the best of them. Think of lively, vibrant new music, of beautiful clarinet sound with a wide timbral palette and microtonal effects, as Lamneck was influenced by Slavic and Hungarian folk music and she is among the very few performer to use a tarogato, the hungarian wind instrument that's something between a clarinet and a soprano sax, with a non-tempered intonation. (Brotzmann does, but with a completely different sensibility). Varied and enjoyable, this CD will open new perspectives for the curious listener.

 

-Francesco Martinelli

New Works for clarinet solo, duo, with piano and tape
Composers: Marc Antonio Consoli, Dinu Ghezzo, Barbara Jazwinski, Eun-Bae Kim, Leo Kraft, Ron Mazurek, Ruth Schonthal
Capstone CPS-8641
Albany Distributors, 98 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205
Tel. (800) 752-1951

*released fall 1998
   

FIVE PIECES FOR CLARINET AND PIANO

LEO KRAFT

Capstone CPS-8649, CD title "Partitas and More"
Albany Distributors, 98 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205
Tel. (800) 752-1951
   

MUSIC FOR CLARINET AND ISPW

CORT LIPPE

LE TRACCE de KRONOS for clarinet and tape

JAMES DASHOW

CDCM Computer Music/Centaur, vol. 24
CDCM, P.O. Box 50888, Denton, Texas 76206
Tel. (817) 591-8128
Fax. (817) 565-2002

"...Dashow's Traces of Kronos, achieves its peculiar magic in allowing us to relish the aptness of Esther Lamneck's superb clarinet in its jeweler's computer generated setting..." ~Fanfare Magazine
   

FIERCE SINGLENESS for solo clarinet ROBERT COGAN

Music and Arts CD-892
Music and Art Programs of America Inc. PO Box 771, Berkeley, Ca 94701
Tel. (510) 524-2111
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"C'est Fierce Singleness de Robert Cogan qui m'a le plus frappé: il est rare c'entendre un solo de clarinette qui soit bien plus que cela, qui chante, qui vive, qui accroche l'auditeur de cette façon." ~Le Monde, Paris
   

DI.VER.TI.MENTO for Cl. A. Sax Hn Tmb

MARC ANTONIO CONSOLI

CRI-CD 735
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EXPANDING HORIZONS

Belfiore, Ghezzo, Jazwinski, Kim, Mazurek, Tarabella

NYU New Music Ensemble director, Esther Lamneck
electro acoustic players-far reaches of improvisation
Capstone CPS-8630
Albany Distributors, 98 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205
Tel. (800) 752-1951

"...delight in electronic music making. …exciting conversation created in an extended technique language by virtuosi performers… If you like experimental sounds, Computer enhanced music and collectively improvised performing.. this is a good album to add to your collection.."  ~Alternate Music Press

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