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Niels Peter Jensen: Duos Pour Deux Flûtes / Most, Barboza


Release Date: 01/30/2007 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 8226029   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Niels Peter Jensen
Performer:  Rune MostMarcelo Barboza
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc is the crème de la crème...his music is light fare, but extremely well prepared, agreeable, melodious, surprising at turns, full of wit and interesting modulations.

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JENSEN Duos for Two Flutes: in e; in D; in F; in d Rune Most (fl); Marcelo Barboza (fl) dacapo 8.226029 (73:55)


Years ago, visiting a Godforsaken place in a country not Read more particularly famous for its culinary arts, a gourmet friend of mine found himself lost in a rather unsavory part of town, and he was unfortunately very hungry. He was also sad. The prospect of eating a truly unpleasant meal, and with no company, was dreadful, to say the least. He walked into the first joint that was open, a simple, unpretentious place, and resignedly sat down, waiting for the worst. At first he did not even notice that the place was spotlessly clean and quite agreeable visually, with real tablecloths on the table and tasteful porcelain as well. He was already steeling himself for the traumatic experience he had envisaged since the start. But it was not meant to be. The bistro turned out to be a true haven, and served some of the best food he had ever tasted. Dish after dish of delicious simplicity kept parading before his unbelieving eyes.


The present CD reminded me of that story. Few listeners would expect much from a CD containing flute duos written by an unknown, blind but precocious Danish composer, who died in 1846. Flute duos—almost exclusively the province of flute students during their formative years—are considered by almost everyone (including flutists!) as probably the lowest step on the musical ladder. But set your expectations aside. In fact, if you are devoid of prejudices, unlike my friend in the above-mentioned restaurant, you might have already suspected that this disc is the crème de la crème. After all, it is a dacapo CD, and this label has released many small jewels before. Also, if you know the flute well, or if you happen to be particularly interested in the musical history of Denmark, you might remember that this small country is full of truly talented musicians, and can boast of particularly fine flute music. Kuhlau and Andersen both lived there.


Niels Peter Jensen is a worthy heir to this tradition. Following the style of his teacher Kuhlau (who by some freakish coincidence, had one blind eye), his music is light fare, but extremely well prepared, agreeable, melodious, surprising at turns, full of wit and interesting modulations. This unpretentious but highly palatable material finds in Barboza and Most the perfect champions. Both are accomplished musicians; they play with the most beautiful tone (helped by their choice of instruments—two wooden flutes) and a delicateness of approach that serves the music at all times. Phrasing is consistently sophisticated, varied, flexible, nuanced, with no hint of gratuitous virtuosity. Rarely does one hear such absolutely wonderful execution lavished on a lesser-known master. The result is as appetizing as a simple dish prepared by a truly dedicated and refined cook. Nothing is exaggerated in any way. Musical gestures are always clear and organic, never theatrical or overdone. Each flutist carefully and generously listens to his partner and gets out of the way when the music requires. Rubatos are perfectly calculated, and moments of lyricism are balanced with true vigor and stamina. Articulations are also deserving of mention. They seem so simple and direct, but any flutist will recognize the virtuosity involved in producing so many different kinds of attacks and slurs, in a remarkable profusion of intentions and realizations. Agogic inflections are just marvelous, coming always at the right point, and emphasizing the gracefulness of the music, without ever making it lose momentum.


The incredibly mellow tone that Barboza and Most extract from their instruments, tinged with just the right amount of vibrato, which is used precisely as it should be—to color the sound, and call attention to particularly moving moments, rather than as an inseparable part of tone—shows the intimacy that these two interpreters have not only with their instrument, but also with its history and the latest musicological developments concerning period instruments. Ah, did I mention that intonation is flawless? And that the sound engineering is of the highest quality? If this were not enough, the visual presentation of the disc follows its spirit, nice and clean. And the liner text by Jens Cornelius is everything it should be: well written and informative.


Many CDs make me want to dance, but this one made me want to play the music myself, so skillfully does it sell the repertoire. This is definitely a CD that I would love to have recorded and a sure candidate for this year’s Want List.


FANFARE: Laura Rónai
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Works on This Recording

1.
Duo for 2 Flutes in E minor, Op. 11 no 2 by Niels Peter Jensen
Performer:  Rune Most (Wooden Flute), Marcelo Barboza (Wooden Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Denmark 
Venue:  Johannes Larsen Museum, Kerteminde, Denm 
Length: 16 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Johannes Larsen Museum, Kerteminde, Denmark (06/04/2005 - 10/03/2005) 
2.
Duo for 2 Flutes in D major, Op. 4 no 1 by Niels Peter Jensen
Performer:  Rune Most (Wooden Flute), Marcelo Barboza (Wooden Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Denmark 
Venue:  Johannes Larsen Museum, Kerteminde, Denm 
Length: 18 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Johannes Larsen Museum, Kerteminde, Denmark (06/04/2005 - 10/03/2005) 
3.
Duo for 2 Flutes in F major, Op. 4 no 3 by Niels Peter Jensen
Performer:  Rune Most (Wooden Flute), Marcelo Barboza (Wooden Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Denmark 
Venue:  Johannes Larsen Museum, Kerteminde, Denm 
Length: 17 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Johannes Larsen Museum, Kerteminde, Denmark (06/04/2005 - 10/03/2005) 
4.
Duo for 2 Flutes in D minor, Op. 11 no 3 by Niels Peter Jensen
Performer:  Marcelo Barboza (Wooden Flute), Rune Most (Wooden Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Denmark 
Venue:  Johannes Larsen Museum, Kerteminde, Denm 
Length: 20 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Johannes Larsen Museum, Kerteminde, Denmark (06/04/2005 - 10/03/2005) 

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