Tour de Flute by Giorgio Consolati, flute and Soyeon Kim, Piano
In his debut album, Tour de Flute, Italian flutist Giorgio Consolati takes us on a tour of flute music, playing a selection of flute favorites, premier recordings and takes us on a musical journey showcasing music from Italy, France, Persia (Iran) and back to Italy. This is a lovely recording from an exciting young player. His playing is musical, thoughtful and technically excellent and he approaches each piece with understanding and excitement.
I especially enjoyed the premier recording of Behzad Ranubaran’s Moto Perpetuo for Flute and Piano (2004) inspired by Paganini’s “Perpetual Motion” it’s a tour de force of virtuoso playing which Consolati makes sound easy and musical. I also liked his rendition of the Berio Sequenza, played with color, dynamics, rhythmic pacing and clear phrases that makes the piece accessible to all listeners. The album closes with an introspective and rousing Carmen Fantasie by Francois Borne.
The album is available on CD Baby, Amazon and Spotify. Check it out here on his website. where you can also watch a 3 minute video of Giorgio speaking about his conception of the album, with some great shots of Bushwick, Brooklyn.