Nordic Spell

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 T?masson, 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318590014998
  • Catalog Number: 1499
  • Sales rank: 202,250

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Flute Concerto - Kalevi Aho & Robert von Bahr (31:07)
  2. 4–8 Flute Concerto No. 2 - Haukur Tómasson & Robert von Bahr (22:00)
  3. 9–13 The World of Montuagretta, concerto for flute & orchestra - Christian Lindberg & Robert von Bahr (21:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sharon Bezaly Primary Artist
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