The art of the flute! Mar 17 by Bill Dodd in Dodd's DSD Discoveries

The Art of the Flute

Bach’s Art of the Fugue! I love this music no matter what instruments are involved. Check out Lynx, a quartet of Japanese flute players, traveling to a church in Germany to record Bach’s The Art Of The Fugue (BWV 1080)! What a delightful discovery this is! The album is called Fuga Lynx. I was totally enchanted by this familiar music, and how well it worked with the flute ensemble. The church recording provides a wonderful acoustic as well.

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Lynx – Fuga

 

DSD 64fs, 128fs
Stereo

 

 

From Lynx to Syrinx! Syrinx is flute and harp duo, Laurel Wyckoff and Anne Sullivan playing works by Faure, Satie, Debussy, Gounod, and others. The music is beautifully played and marvelously captured. This set will paint pictures of hillside flocks, and glasses of vin ordinaire out of the barrel.

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Syrinx – Harp and Flute Duo

Laurel Wyckoff, flute
Anne Sullivan, harp

 

DSD 64fs, 128fs, 256fs
Stereo

 

From the flute to the recorder. Technically the recorder is a type of flute (of the internal duct variety) (and that’s too technical). It’s been part of Western Music for hundreds of years. Recorders come in various sizes and tonal ranges. Michala Petri plays the recorder on three albums, making a point to focus on music from the 20th and even the 21st Centuries.

English Recorder Concertos features works by Malcolm Arnold, Richard Harvey, and Gordon Jacob. They are instantly British, somewhat pastoral, but full of musical interest. This is lovely stuff. Backing Michala Petri is the City Chamber of Hong Kong conducted by Jean Thorel, who sound quite at home with the music.

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English Recorder Concertos

 

Michala Petri, recorder
City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
Jean Thorel, conductor

DSD 64fs, 128fs, 256fs
Stereo

 

Danish and Faroese Recorder Concertos features works by Danish Composers Thomas Koppel, and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, along with Sunlief Rasmussen who is from the Faroe Islands. I should break in here to tell you that the Faroe Islands are about halfway between Scotland and Iceland. They are self-governing, but are pretty much related to Denmark. Got that? Well, no matter. This music is a bit more modern, not what you’d call pastoral, but still extremely accessible. The Allborg Symphony Orchestra of Denmark is conducted by Henrick Vagn Chistensen.

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Danish Faroese Recorder Concertos


Michala Petri
, recorder
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Henrik Vagn Christensen, conductor

DSD 64fs
Stereo

 

And finally UK DK, an album with Michala Petri, recorder, and Mahan Mesfahani, harpsichord, featuring works composed in the second half of the 20th Century or later– by both British and Danish Composers. The combination of harpsichord and recorder is surprisingly non-baroque here.

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Michala Petri
, recorder
Mahan Esgahani, harpsichord

DSD 64fs
Stereo

 

 

All of these are absolutely delightful albums. I really hope you will investigate them– they are musically involving, beautifully played, and excellently recorded.

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*(valid on these DSD Albums, through March 26, 2017)

Bill Dodd

Bill Dodd

Bill Dodd is a retired radio broadcaster who was born and raised near San Francisco, but now lives in the USA’s Pacific Northwest. “Discovery is important to me. Along with finding an exciting new viewpoint of a favorite work, I really love discovering music and composers I haven’t heard before, or haven’t been able to get close to in the past.”

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