Saturday, September 16, 2006

Mara Gibson: Vocalis e

I heard this piece last night at the newEar concert in KC. Utterly stunning. Gibson managed to control the soprano in such a way it was seamlessly blended with the rest of the ensemble (clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello) in timbral quality. And brava to Kara Douglas for being able to that! The piece's opening clarinet line ascends gradually upward with the other instruments entering unobtrusively until a massive suspension-resolution section of extreme beauty and wonderful orchestration takes hold. The only fault I found with the piece is it isn't long enough. I was unsatisfied by the ending especailly after the gorgeous sections that came before it.


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