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The Grand Mogul: Virtuosic Baroque Flute Concertos / Kuijken, Indianapolis Baroque


Release Date: 06/14/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573899  
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiGiovanni Battista PergolesiJean-Marie LeclairMichel Blavet,   ... 
Performer:  Barthold Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The solo concerto emerged in Northern Italy in the first quarter of the 18th century and rapidly became popular across Europe. The five works here demonstrate how concertos for the flute differ in Germany, Italy, and France. Outer movements usually retain the virtuosic elements that characterize the concertos of Vivaldi, but the Frenchman Michel Blavet infiltrates an exquisite Gavotte into his work, while Telemann’s superb melodies and rich harmonies are characteristic features of his Flute Concerto in D major. All five works exemplify the Baroque ideal of singing lyricism and passionate expression. Barthold Kuijken is an eminent leader in the field of early music. A virtuoso traverse soloist, teacher and conductor, he has shaped the fields Read more of historical flutes and historically informed performance over the last 40 years. His book, The Notation is Not the Music, is an artful summary of his research, ideas, and reflections on music.

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REVIEW:

The dance-like outer movements in the Vivaldi and Leclair cncertos are delightful. Lesser known but equally pleasing is the concerto by Blavet, long-time Paris Opera principal flutist. Recorded in 2013, 2014, and 2018, one or two sour notes in the accompaniment of the Blavet would point to recorded concert performances. Balances are very good and the sound is very consistent despite the different venue settings and time between recording sessions.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Flute in D minor, RV 431a "Il Gran Mogul” by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Barthold Kuijken (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra
2.
Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Barthold Kuijken (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
3.
Concertos (6) for Flute, Strings and Basso Continuo, Op. 7: no 3 in C major by Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer:  Barthold Kuijken (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1737; France 
4.
Concerto for Flute in A minor by Michel Blavet
Performer:  Barthold Kuijken (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; France 
5.
Concerto for Flute in D major, TV 51 no D 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Barthold Kuijken (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

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