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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Quintessenz Incantations Album Review...

Oct 3, 2016 by

The stellar flute quintet Quintessenz has released a new album Incantations with works by some of our favorite composers: Rossini, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Doppler, Clarke, Marais, and Saint-Saens. The flutists of Quintessenz are all members of important German orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the MDR Symphony Orchestra and are soloists in their own right. This makes...

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Mithril Duo Bottom of the Punch Bowl Album Review...

Oct 3, 2016 by

Principal Flutist of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Flute at the University of South Alabama Dr. Andra Bohnet is half of the Mithril Duo. Her partner on the Mithril Duo's seventh album release, Bottom of the Punch Bowl, is violinist Tom Morley.  From the liner notes: "The album is an...

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Ransom Wilson Album Review

Jul 1, 2016 by

Flutist and conductor Ransom Wilson has a new CD of flute music by two wonderful French composers Jean Michel Damase (1928-2013) and Jean Françaix (1912-1997).  As a young student, Ransom Wilson heard the music of Jean Françaix and was enchanted--so much so, that he transcribed the Finale of Françaix’s...

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Aralee Dorough Album Review

Jul 1, 2016 by

The Ergonomic Flute is Aralee Dorough’s second solo album. Her first album Colors is absolutely exquisite, and this album is equally magnificent. In The Ergonomic Flute, Dorough explores the chamber music works of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach with colleagues Jennifer Owen, violin, Linda Goldstein, viola, Kevin Dvorak, cello, Jonathan Fischer, oboe, Colin Gatwood, English horn,...

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Alejandro Escuer Album Review

Jul 1, 2016 by

Flux noun: The action or process of flowing or flowing out   Alejandro Escuer’s latest album, Flux, was released on May 27th, 2016. This is the fifth solo album released by Escuer and is a presentation of new electroacoustic works for the flute family. Each piece has its own...

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Mimi Stillman Album Review

Jun 1, 2016 by

There are so many things one could discuss in Mimi Stillman’s new CD Freedom, an album of three large concert works: Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Five Pieces for Flute and Piano (1947), David Finko’s Sonata for Flute and Piano (2012) and Richard Danielpour’s Remembering Neda: Trio for Flute,Cello and Piano (2009). All three...

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