Jean-Louis Beaumadier: Album Review...

Oct 1, 2017 by

If you wake up in a sad mood, I suggest you put on Jean-Louis Beaumadier’s new CD, Sweet Dream,a joyous album which as Jean Louis says, “demonstrates the lighter side of the piccolo’s character.” The album is part of Beaumadier’s ongoing piccolo repertoire project, and Sweet Dreams is World...

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Suzanne Teng: Album Review

Oct 1, 2017 by

Right now, we all need more meditation, healing, and peace, and Suzanne Teng/Mystic Journey's new album, "Kingdom of Mountains," provides music that evokes all of those elements.   I have always been a fan of Teng's music, as she is a master of countless world flutes, and "Kingdom of Mountains" is...

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Carlos Escribá Cano: Album Review...

Sep 1, 2017 by

Flutist, composer, arranger, and music producer, Carlos Cano Escribá plays with a grenadilla wooden flute from Verne Q. Powell Flutes.  Born in Havana in 1971, he completed his studies at the National School of Music. Mr. Escribá is a former member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, with which...

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Bill McBirnie: Album Review

Jul 1, 2017 by

Bill McBirnie & Bruce Jones, Grains of Sand Bill McBirnie’s new collaboration album with Bruce Jones is a wonderful melding of creativity! Jones, the composer on these tracks plays guitar, percussion and synths as well as the vocals and McBirnie is on flute, alto flute and piccolo as well...

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Rozalind MacPhail: Album Review...

Jul 1, 2017 by

Rozalind MacPhail grew up in Canada on a small group of islands nestled in the harbour of Toronto, Ontario called Toronto Island. She has lived in many parts of Canada but it was the artistically vibrant city of St. John’s, Newfoundland that stole her heart. Following years of classical...

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Noemi Gyori: Album Review

Jun 1, 2017 by

Glowing Sonorities, the recent album released by flutist Noemi Gyori and pianist Katalin Csillagh, is a feast of Romantic music. This collection was crafted with obvious care and intention. The pieces themselves as well as the order in which they are presented was well thought-out to provide the maximum...

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Black Cedar: Album Review

May 1, 2017 by

Black Cedar, which comprises flute, guitar, and cello, offers a variety of attractive chamber works for this particular instrumentation. Bookended by works commissioned by the trio, the four pieces presented each offer something different. Miscellaneous Music by Durwynne Hsieh (b. 1963) offers some truly beautiful, soaring melodies, especially in...

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Sarah Frisof: Album Review

Apr 1, 2017 by

Sarah Frisof:  “Looking Back, the Flute Music of Joseph Schwantner” Joseph Schwantner has a long history of writing beautiful music for flute, and in her new CD, Sarah Frisof shares several of his works with us. The album includes: “Soaring” (1986), “Looking Back” (written in honor of Samuel Baron)...

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Elsa Nilsson Album Review

Mar 1, 2017 by

Elsa Nilsson’s newest album, Salt Wind, is a breath of fresh air, amongst a sea of jazz. Each track is uniquely crafted, and diverse from the next one.  Nilsson’s compositions will be heralded by the most discriminating of today’s jazz affectionados.  Yet, each piece is appealing to listeners of...

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Barbara Kortmann Inner Lights Album Review...

Mar 1, 2017 by

Barbara Kortmann shares with us in the opening essay in her new CD, Inner Lights: “the inner forces of being alive." She says “each of the works...has been a special ‘inner light’ for me over the past years." These beautiful thoughts inform the deep and sparkling performances on this extraordinary...

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Robert Dick The Galilean Moons Album Review...

Feb 1, 2017 by

Robert Dick has recently released his new CD, Galilean Moons. This intriguing groundbreaking album is a result of an extraordinary collaboration between two masters of extending the aural and technical possibilities of their respective instruments. Robert Dick, flute and Ursel Schlicht, piano, both virtuoso’s and visionaries around the combination of new...

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Arnone and McTeer REACT Album Review...

Jan 2, 2017 by

Flutist Francesca Arnone and violinist Mikylah McTeer teamed up to release an innovative and dynamic recording entitled REACT. McTeer and Arnone perform diverse electroacoustic pieces on their first collaborative album REACT, released on Ravello Records. The works on this album successfully demonstrate the range of potential for electroacoustic music to...

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Jan Vinci American FluteScape Album Review...

Jan 2, 2017 by

As the title suggests Jan Vinci’s new CD is a combination of classic 20th century flute compositions as well as several premieres and 21st century works.  This beautiful album introduces us to two new pieces by Vinci’s husband Jazz saxophonist and composer Mark Vinci (Crow’s Nest and TINGsha Bom t-Bom t-Bom) as...

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Paul Lustig Dunkel Alive in the Studio Album Review...

Dec 1, 2016 by

Paul Lustig Dunkel has a new CD!  Dunkel, well known here in NYC is currently the Principal Flutist of the New York City Ballet and the Music Director Emeritus of the Westchester Philharmonic. His new CD introduces us to many new works for flute in various configurations. It’s a deeply felt...

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Patricia Surman The American Album Review...

Dec 1, 2016 by

The American Album Centaur CRC 3525 Patricia Surman, flute Kostas Chardas, piano Dr. Patricia Surman, who has recently joined the faculty of Metropolitan State University of Denver, has released a stunning album of American works on Centaur Records. The composers represented on this album span the entire 20th century into...

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Sebastian Jacot Premiere Album Review...

Nov 1, 2016 by

Sebastian Jacot received first prize at the 2014 Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition as well as fist prize at the Kobe International Competition in 2013. He presently plays principal flute with the Gewandhaus Orchestra.  He’s a truly accomplished player and only 29 years old!  His new album Premiere! is a...

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Paula Robison Caprice Album Review...

Nov 1, 2016 by

Paula Robison's latest CD, Caprice, is a brilliant mix new and standard works for flute and piano.  The album is called "Caprice" in honor of Thierry Lancino's sublime Cinq Caprices which "are adapted for flute and piano especially for this recording" as stated in the liner notes.  In addition,...

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Sarah Jane Hargis Saving the Queen Album Review...

Nov 1, 2016 by

Sarah Jane Hargis has always interested me as a flutist ever since I saw her perform with pedals at the Las Vegas NFA Convention and at this past year’s NFA where she performed original compositions, both solo and with flutist Melissa Keeling, so I was very excited when I...

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Ned McGowan The Art of the Contrabass Flute Album Review...

Oct 3, 2016 by

Composer and flutist Ned McGowan has a new CD for contrabass flute!! It’s an amazing album of original, virtuosic works by this talented and noted composer. Many of you may have heard some of his music this August at the most recent NFA conference, so you know what I mean.  McGowan is...

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Elisabeth Möst Accento Austria Album Review...

Oct 3, 2016 by

Accento Austria (Gramola 99100) Elisabeth Möst, flute, Maroje Brčić, guitar   Flutist Elisabeth Möst and guitarist Maroje Brčić have presented a lovely collection of works that span nineteenth- and twentieth-century Austria. While the majority of the works on this album were written in the twentieth-century, two were written by composers...

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