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Movements - Amargós, Börtz, Stucky / Michala Petri, Et Al


Release Date: 05/29/2007 
Label:  Our Recordings   Catalog #: 6220531   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joan Albert AmargósDaniel BörtzSteven Edward Stucky
Performer:  Michala Petri
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Anyone who claims that the recorder's tiny dimensions cannot possibly compete in a solo capacity against a full-sized 21st-century orchestra should investigate these three dazzling and inventive concertos, written for and tailored to Michala Petri's singular virtuosity. Spanish composer Joan Albert Amargós' three-movement Northern Concerto provides the recorder with limber, jazzy melodies that effortlessly float in, around, and above an orchestral canvas that allows all participants to shine, collectively and individually. The brass and percussion get particularly invigorating workouts, while
Read more the finale features unexpected yet delightful solo turns from the bassoon and muted trumpet.

By contrast, Swedish composer Daniel Börtz's Pipes and Bells is a dark, snarling opus, filled with tension-inducing trills, obsessive ostinatos, long notes stretched to the edge of sanity, and the occasional lyrical oasis. Each of the three movements in Steven Stucky's Etudes goes way beyond merely addressing specific technique. In the first, for example, the orchestral instruments eagerly take up the recorder's scale patterns more-or-less at tempo, only to slow them down and scrutinize them as soft, sustained chords hover in the background. The second movement "Glides" features falling glissandos that are more about melodic nuances and expressive gestures than sound effects. The piano, harp, and percussion set off, complement, and sometimes compete with the recorder's witty arpeggios throughout the third movement.

The sheer musicality and sense of character Petri brings to these works almost make you take her extraordinary technique and tone control for granted. Lan Shui's brilliant leadership inspires the Danish National Symphony Orchestra/SR to convey all of the color and vivacity that these scores demand, helped by the Danish Broadcasting Production team's breathtaking engineering. Don't miss this stunning release!

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.comm
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Works on This Recording

1.
Northern Concerto by Joan Albert Amargós
Performer:  Michala Petri (Soprano Recorder), Michala Petri (Sopranino Recorder), Michala Petri (Tenor Recorder),
Michala Petri (Alto Recorder)
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005; Spain 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Denmark 
Length: 26 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Denmark (04/05/2006 - 04/07/2006)
This composition was nominated for the 2008 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Contemporary Composition." 
2.
Pipes and Bells by Daniel Börtz
Performer:  Michala Petri (Tenor Recorder), Michala Petri (Sopranino Recorder), Michala Petri (Soprano Recorder),
Michala Petri (Alto Recorder), Michala Petri (Flute)
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; Sweden 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Denmark 
Length: 17 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Denmark (04/05/2006 - 04/07/2006) 
3.
Etudes (3) for Recorder and Orchestra by Steven Edward Stucky
Performer:  Michala Petri (Tenor Recorder), Michala Petri (Alto Recorder), Michala Petri (Flute),
Michala Petri (Sopranino Recorder), Michala Petri (Soprano Recorder)
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Denmark 
Length: 13 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Denmark (04/05/2006 - 04/07/2006) 

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