It's Just One of Those Flute Days

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

I play flute, you enjoy your life (Hamed Masoumi/flickr)

Let's face it. Some days you wake up and you say to yourself, "you know, this is just a FLUTE kind of day." Well, guess what, folks? Today is one of those days. We're taking a journey from solo flute through chamber music and clear out the other side into flute concerto territory. So buckle up and set your equalizers on "high."

Our journey begins humbly, with an early masterpiece by that Brothers Balliett mainstay, Charles Wuorinen – here, his Flute Variations II is masterfully performed by Harvey Sollberger. Moving on to music for flute and piano, we hear Pierre Boulez's breakout serial work, the Sonatine for flute and piano, rendered faithfully here by Claire Chase and Jacob Greenberg.

And did someone say Michael Daugherty? I hope so, because we'll be spinning his chamber work Crystal for flute, alto flute, piano and wind chimes. Finally, if you haven't heard Mauricio Kagel's amazing Das Konzert for flute and orchestra, you don't really know the flute yet.

This is a journey with a clear objective: the flute, plain and simple.

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Comments [2]

Jared from Greenwich CT

I'm really enjoying the Daugherty piece at the moment, I haven't heard it before. It's a beautifully constructed work, quite crystalline indeed!

Jun. 19 2014 03:35 PM
Jared from Greenwich CT

I have Kagel's Das Konzert on a somewhat recent Naxos disc, thus far I'm not warming up to it as much as I expected, but needless to say repeated listens often allow one to hear things anew, a new door sonically opens
with each "visit".

I would recommend a few ethereal pieces by the great Alan Hovhaness. "Upon Enchanted Ground"
for flute, cello, giant tam-tam and harp, Op. 90, No. 1 is simply sublime, and like much of AH's
music it offers the listener imo an almost "spiritual transit" of sorts. Also "The Garden of Adonis"
for flute and harp is again simply sublime, a mystical aural canvas that seems to place the listener
gently into an ancient scroll painting, or some region only known to AH himself. Anahid (flute, english horn, trumpet, timpani, percussion and chamber orch) is also quite the good time. These are
tonal works, however there's many others w flute that are full of aleatoric passages and general wonderful
weirdness. Another favorite that's quite odd is the Sextet for alto recorder , 2 violins, viola, cello and harpsichord.

Too many examples, AH and others..but this is my 2cent recommendation for today ;)

Jun. 19 2014 01:59 PM

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