Nordic Spell

Nordic Spell

by Sharon Bezaly
     
 

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Despite its dreamy title and cover, Nordic Spell is actually solid and substantial, and the modern flute concertos on this 2005 release from BIS are, for the most part, far from fluff. The highly gifted flutist and prolific recording artist Sharon Bezaly is the recipient of many new works, and this CD presents pieces by Kalevi Aho, Haukur Tómasson, andSee more details below

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Despite its dreamy title and cover, Nordic Spell is actually solid and substantial, and the modern flute concertos on this 2005 release from BIS are, for the most part, far from fluff. The highly gifted flutist and prolific recording artist Sharon Bezaly is the recipient of many new works, and this CD presents pieces by Kalevi Aho, Haukur Tómasson, and Christian Lindberg, who specifically tailored their concertos to showcase her talents. Most ambitious of the three selections is Aho's "Concerto for flute and orchestra" (2002), which eschews virtuosity for its own sake and pursues a more symphonic approach. Bezaly still has opportunities for display, particularly in the second movement's darting cadenza, but Aho's material is integrated throughout, and the flute part is tightly woven with the orchestra's dramatically argued music. Tómasson's shorter but denser "Flute Concerto No. 2" is more conventional in its layout, though interesting for its mingling of the flute part with small groups of soloists in concertino style. "The World of Montuagretta" (2001-2002) is the weakest offering, and its eclectic material is insufficiently interesting to justify Lindberg's magpie approach to composition. Bezaly is accurate and attractive in all the performances, and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra are all in fine form in these clear recordings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590014998
catalogNumber:
1499
Rank:
318645

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Tracks

  1. Flute Concerto  - Kalevi Aho  - Robert von Bahr  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä  - Sharon Bezaly
  2. Flute Concerto No. 2  - Haukur Tómasson  - Robert von Bahr  -  Iceland Symphony Orchestra  - Bernhardur Wilkinson  - Sharon Bezaly
  3. The World of Montuagretta, concerto for flute & orchestra  - Christian Lindberg  - Robert von Bahr  - Christian Lindberg  -  Swedish Chamber Orchestra  - Sharon Bezaly  - Markus Leoson

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