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Below - Music For Low Flutes / Peter Sheridan, Claire Cooper

Schocker / Stokes / Neher / Sheridan / Cooper
Release Date: 08/09/2011 
Label:  Move   Catalog #: 3330   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gary SchockerSheridan StokesHilary TaggartJules Demerssemann,   ... 
Performer:  Claire CooperSheridan StokesPeter SheridanJohn Sawoski,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A charming and rare recording of new chamber music showcasing the atmospheric sound of the lower members of the flute family. Low Flutes are mostly a 20th century invention, yet the concept of extending a particular instrumental sound dates back to the Renaissance period, when recorder consorts, with bass and alto recorders were used frequently in performances. In recent times, the popularity of low flutes grew with the renewed interest in the flute choir and flute quartet. Low flutes are basically members of the extended flute family, which play below the range of the standard orchestral C flute. These instruments include the alto flute in G (four notes below the C flute), the bass flute in C (one octave below C flute), the contrabass Read more flute in C (two octaves below C flute, played in an upright standing position), and the sub-contra bass flute in C (three octaves below the C flute, played either sitting or standing). There are a few other low flutes not represented on this recording. These are the Pinschofon in C, bass flutes in F and G, and a extra large piped instrument known as the hyperbass flute. This unique recording features predominantly commissioned chamber music for low flutes that was composed to showcase the lyrical and colorful tonal qualities of these instruments, hence, expanding their small, yet growing repertoire.

"This collection is a complete delight from beginning to end.. Sheridan's range and technical virtuosity are tremendously impressive. An essential purchase... " - Rick Anderson (Baker & Taylor Library Supply)

“Sheridan's playing opens up a new sound world to composers and flutists alike. This recording is a thrilling and satisfying experience!” - Dr. Houston Dunleavy, Head of Composition, Uni. of Wollongong

“... simply a feast for the ears-stunning sonorities and stunning playing throughout. Bravo!” - Daniel Kessner, Composer, USA “In this recording he [Peter Sheridan] shows the true virtuosity of low flutes...Highly Recommended.” - Carla Rees, BFS Flute Magazine “Attractive performances which expand the possibilities of Low flutes, especially, the Bass and Contrabass flutes which give a very fresh inspiration and originality.” - Shozo Ogura, Kotato Flutes Dealer, USA

“Peter Sheridan is a world class flutist, demonstrating exceptional skill and artistry on contra flutes. His creative approach to these lower instruments shines forth in his extraordinary CD. A "must have" CD for every flutist, especially flutists who specialize in low flutes.” - Paige Dashner Long, Director of the New England

Conservatory Summer Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra “I am still basking in the beauty of Peter Sheridan's new CD, aptly titled Below. A real gem for those of us who love the lower voices of the flute family. In particular, the works of Gary Schocker and Alex Shapiro's stunning Below. Peter's beautiful and agile tone on the lower flutes is truly amazing.” - Adrienne Albert, Composer

“Stunningly beautiful and awe inspiring - an incredibly colourful soundscape full of so many precious moments from the master of low flutes.” - David Temby, Temby Flutes

"This CD is a highly professonal production, with fine recordings and a marvelous set of performances by all concerned. There is pretty much something for everything here" - Dominy Clements (MusicWeb) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Small Sonata for a Large Flute, for bass flute & piano by Gary Schocker
Performer:  Claire Cooper (Piano), Sheridan Stokes ()
Date of Recording: 2008-09 
Venue:  Move Records Studio, Melbourne, Australi 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Irish in the Lowlands, for flutes by Sheridan Stokes
Performer:  Sheridan Stokes (), Peter Sheridan (Contrabass Flute)
Date of Recording: 04/14/2008 
Venue:  Music Forever Studios, Encinco, CA 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Virtuosic Etudes: Winter Sun by Hilary Taggart
Performer:  Peter Sheridan ()
Date of Recording: 2008-09 
Venue:  Move Records Studio, Melbourne, Australi 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4.
Virtuosic Etudes: Allegro Vivace, Op. 4/18 by Jules Demerssemann
Performer:  Sheridan Stokes ()
Date of Recording: 2008-09 
Venue:  Move Records Studio, Melbourne, Australi 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5.
Virtuosic Etudes: Allegretto Vivo, Op. 33/8 by Ernesto Kohler
Performer:  Peter Sheridan (Contrabass Flute)
Date of Recording: 2008-09 
Venue:  Move Records Studio, Melbourne, Australi 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6.
Madrigal for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  John Sawoski (Piano), Peter Sheridan ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Date of Recording: 07/10/2007 
Venue:  Music Forever Studios, Encino, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7.
City Vignettes, for contrabass flute, double bass & piano by Patrick Neher
Performer:  Claire Cooper (Piano), Peter Sheridan (Contrabass Flute), Heather [Double Bass] Price (Double Bass)
Date of Recording: 2008-09 
Venue:  Move Records Studio, Melbourne, Australi 
Length: 14 Minutes 59 Secs. 
8.
Adventures Under a Leaf, for flute & bass flute by Gary Schocker
Performer:  Sheridan Stokes ()
Date of Recording: 2008-09 
Venue:  Move Records Studio, Melbourne, Australi 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
9.
Elegy, for contrabass flute & piano by Bruce Lawrence
Performer:  Peter Sheridan (Contrabass Flute), Claire Cooper (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2008-09 
Venue:  Move Records Studio, Melbourne, Australi 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
There is a Difference Between Apples and Men, for contrabass flute & vibraphone by Vinny Golia
Performer:  Peter Neville (Vibraphone), Peter Sheridan (Contrabass Flute)
Date of Recording: 2008-09 
Venue:  Move Records Studio, Melbourne, Australi 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
11.
And the Giant began to Dance, for sub-contrabass flute by Peter Sheridan
Date of Recording: 2008-09 
Venue:  Move Records Studio, Melbourne, Australi 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
12.
Below, for contrabass flute & electronics by Alex Shapiro
Performer:  Peter Sheridan (Contrabass Flute)
Date of Recording: 04/14/2008 
Venue:  Music Forever Studios, Encino, CA 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

A Small Sonata for a Large Flute: I. Moderato
A Small Sonata for a Large Flute: II. Cantabile
A Small Sonata for a Large Flute: II. Snappy
Irish in the Lowlands
Winter Sun
50 Études mélodiques, Op. 4: No. 18, Vivace
Progress in Flute Playing, Op. 33: No. 8, Allegretto vivo
Madrigal
City Vignettes: I. Corner Encounter
City Vignettes: II. Lunacite
City Vignettes: III. Block Party
Adventures Under a Leaf: I. Fern
Adventures Under a Leaf: II. Hosta
Adventures Under a Leaf: III. Mint
Adventures Under a Leaf: IV. Monkshood
Adventures Under a Leaf: V. Poppy
Elegy
There Is a Difference Between Apples and Men
And the Giant Began to Dance
Below

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