Range of Light
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Her music has been called ravishingly beautiful and this recording shows why.

Major critics have praised Erica Muhl's music, describing it as "strong and poetic," "ravishingly beautiful," "haunting," even "fearless". Paul Hertelendy, one of America's most esteemed writers on music, wrote, "Muhl has a fine ear and an iridescent palette...[Her work] is a contemporary foray into impressionism, mysticism, veiled allure and the shimmering colors of a concert orchestra". She was born and raised in Los Angeles, where her father, Edward, was head of production for Universal Pictures and her mother, Barbara, an author and opera singer. Her parents associated with such musical figures as Stravinsky, Schnabel, Stokowski, Andre Previn and Henry Mancini. As may have been expected in this musical milieu, Muhl was trained both as a composer and conductor, with much of that training completed in Europe. At age sixteen she was invited to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. After returning to California to earn her B.M., she traveled again to Europe for graduate studies at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, studying with the great Italian composer Franco Donatoni. In 1991, she completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California. She studied conducting with Walter Cataldi-Tassoni, a student of Mascagni and Fritz Zweig, a student of Humperdinck and a close colleague of Richard Strauss and Otto Klemperer. Muhl has served as Assistant Conductor for Los Angeles Opera Theater, Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Wagner Festival's complete Ring. Erica Muhl is Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music and resides in Los Angeles.
Erica Muhl, composer
Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Erica Muhl, conductor

Erica Muhl, composer
Variations for Piano
Norman Weston, piano

Erica Muhl, composer
Range of Light
Roger Lebow, cello, Erik Forrester, percussion, Lisa Sylvester, piano

Erica Muhl, composer
Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Erica Muhl, composer
Lynn Vartan, percussion

Erica Muhl, composer
Lisa Sylvester, piano, Lynn Vartan, Javier Diax, Brian Bartel, Ben Loorz, Teresa Flores, percussion, Erik Forrester, conductor

Review to come.