- Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Overture
- Concerto for flute & orchestra in G
- Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313 (K. 285c)
The fabulously named Syrinx (the name is of Greek mythological origin, while Simion Stanciu is the performer's given name) began as a classical violinist and switched to the panpipes as a teen. Of the various performers who have accomplished the unlikely feat of making a living as a concert panpipe player, he is perhaps the most strongly oriented toward classical concert repertory. This recording was made in 1984 and 1985, but if this kind of thing rings your bell, he's still at it. The attraction of the Mozart and Quantz flute concertos he records here with the venerable Lausanne Chamber Orchestra was that, with their moderate ranges, they don't need a lot of rescoring to be played on panpipes. That doesn't mean that they're necessarily perfectly suited to the instrument, however. The Quantz "Concerto for flute and orchestra in G major," accompanied by harpsichord continuo, has a brittle, angular sound in its outer movements, with its agile flute part banging up against the harpsichord. The sweeter and more relaxed Mozart "Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313," is more pleasing on the panpipes, and the opening "Badinerie" from the Bach "Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067," is a lively overture. A whole album of classical panpipe music feels a bit forced, and the listener interested in the mysterious Syrinx might do well to choose one of the albums on which he is accompanied by other instruments with antique overtones (guitar, organ). There's no doubt, however, that he is a virtuoso within his own little world.