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50th Birthday Concert - Vivaldi, Albinoni, Mozart, Rota, Chen, Etc / Petri, Kremerata Baltica


Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Our Recordings   Catalog #: 8226905   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Tomaso AlbinoniChen YiWolfgang Amadeus MozartNino Rota,   ... 
Performer:  Michala Petri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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MICHALA PETRI— 50TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT Michala Petri (rec); Daniil Grishin, cond; 1 Kremerata Baltica OUR RECORDINGS 8.226905 (77:19) Broadcast: Copenhagen 7/2008


ALBINONI Concerto in d, op. 9/2. CHEN YI The Ancient Chinese Beauty. 1 Read more class="COMPOSER12">MOZART Andante in C, K 315. ROTA Concerto for Strings. VASSILIEV To Say Goodbye. 1 VIVALDI Concerto in C, RV 443. HEIDRICH Happy Birthday Variations: Film Music; Polka/Waltz; Tango; Czardas


I cannot remember the last time a woman touted herself turning 50! But in Michala Petri’s case, it only serves to show how this particular milestone means the woman is truly only getting better with age. Petri has had the solo recorder scene practically to herself her entire career, and just sampling this impressive live concert shows why. Technically, she remains the most dazzling artist of her antique instrument anywhere. The tempos in the Vivaldi are upbeat and flashy, with some dexterously handled staccato articulations. More lyrical in nature is the Albinoni Concerto, a work Petri has played infrequently. Mozart is a composer whom Petri has turned to only recently (and to grand effect), feeling that his centeredness and intimacy is something she should be exploring more thoroughly at this juncture in her life.


Chen Yi (b. 1953) is a “crossover” composer in that she attempts a mixture of Chinese and Western cultural traditions. Currently distinguished professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, her The Ancient Chinese Beauty has three movements: “The Clay Figurines,” “The Ancient Totems,” and “The Dancing Ink,” which are her impressions of ancient Chinese art. It was premiered in 2008 by the Beijing Philharmonic in the city of the same name, and is a fine piece, reflecting the artistic exaggeration of forms and postures, the overwhelming yet stoic fierceness of a totem, and the dancing nature found in works of ink calligraphy.


Artem Vassiliev, now 39 years old, has written a work for alto recorder called To Say Goodbye , where the composer, in his own words, wrote the piece “as if it were a personal diary” in moments of great personal sadness after the unexpected deaths of two composer friends; for once, the music amply reflects the sentiments at the time of composition. Fitting into the middle of this concert is a wonderful Concerto for Strings by Nino Rota, revised in 1977, and among his most popular works. Rounding out the concert are the quick selections from Happy Birthday Variations by Peter Heidrich, a suitable ending to a fine evening.


Petri fans—and all others—won’t be disappointed with this disc. While it can’t be considered essential, it is a quality listening hour well spent, with sound that is amazingly transparent for a radio broadcast.


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Works on This Recording

1. Concerti (12) à 5, Op. 9: no 2 for Oboe in D minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Michala Petri (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Venice, Italy 
2. Ancient Chinese Beauty by Chen Yi
Performer:  Michala Petri (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Written: 2008; USA 
3. Andante for Flute and Orchestra in C major, K 315 (285e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Michala Petri (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
4. Concerto for Strings by Nino Rota
Performer:  Michala Petri (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964-1965; Italy 
5. Valere lubere by Artem Vassiliev
Performer:  Michala Petri (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
6. Concerto for Piccolo in C major, RV 443 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Michala Petri (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
7. Variations on "Happy Birthday" for String Quartet by Peter Heidrich
Performer:  Michala Petri (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 

Sound Samples

Recorder Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2: I. Allegro e non presto
Recorder Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2: II. Adagio
Recorder Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2: III. Allegro
The Ancient Chinese Beauty: I. The Clay Figurines
The Ancient Chinese Beauty: II. The Ancient Totems
The Ancient Chinese Beauty: III. The Dancing Ink
Andante in C major, K. 315
Concerto for Strings: I. Preludio
Concerto for Strings: II. Scherzo
Concerto for Strings: III. Aria
Concerto for Strings: IV. Finale
Valere lubere (To say goodbye)
Recorder Concerto in C major, RV 443: I. Allegro
Recorder Concerto in C major, RV 443: II. Largo
Recorder Concerto in C major, RV 443: III. Allegro molto
Variations on Happy Birthday: Variation 11 (in the style of film music) - Polka/Waltz - Variation 13 (in the style of tango) - Csardas

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