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Vivaldi, Sammartini, Telemann, Handel: Recorder Concertos / Michala Petri


Release Date: 02/18/2009 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 400075   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelGiuseppe SammartiniGeorg Philipp TelemannAntonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Michala Petri
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What an enjoyable program! Michala Petri's uncomplicated approach to recorder playing is in the top flight of virtuoso achievement.

What an enjoyable programme! There may be some 'advanced' schools of thought which do not concur with the 22-year-old Michala Petri's uncomplicated approach to recorder playing but to my ears it sounds unquestionably in the top flight of virtuoso achievement. Her phrasing is sensitive, her intonation is faultless as a nightingale's and her technique fluent with just that nicely measured dash of bravura; and she has spirited support from the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields whose alert and light-hearted playing under the direction of Iona Brown captures the spirit of this elegant
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The Vivaldi and Sammartini concertos are probably the best known here. Vivaldi's Concerto in C major (RV443) is one of three works he wrote for flautino, whose nearest equivalent today is the sopranino recorder tuned in F. It is a bright and insubstantial piece which depends for its effects largely on the sensitivity and skill of the soloist. Michala Petri delivers the goods in style; it's the most accomplished performance that I've yet heard. The Sammartini is a descant recorder work whose slow movement is a particularly expressive one. I felt that the soloist was a shade inflexible, here. The metronomic precision of her tempo detracted from the lyrical character of the music whilst, on the other hand, her entirely unaffected approach suited its pastoral quality and restored the balance. It's the treble recorder in F which provides the solo texture of the Telemann Concerto in C major. This is the most substantial piece in the programme and adopts the four-movement scheme which, curiously, Telemann actually preferred to the three-movement Italian one. In this work I particularly admired the incisive orchestral playing and the vigorous assurance of Michala Petri's unfailing technique. Perhaps the bass line was a shade too emphatic in the Andante where, again, I felt that the soloist placed adherence to a rigid tempo before considering a more flexible approach. That very precision, however, served the finale, a brisk Tempo di menuetto, exceptionally well. The little Handel concerto is more familiar both as a recorder sonata (Op. 1 No. 11), and as an organ concerto (Op. 4 No. 5). It is an attractive work whose finale, a gigue, bears a close resemblance to a movement from a flute sonata by the Swedish composer, Johan Helmich Roman. Or was it the other way around perhaps? A notable issue; I can't say 'debut' because the BBC has got there first (BBC REC298,2/78)!

-- Gramophone [11/1980]
reviewing the original LP release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 5 in F major, HWV 293 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Michala Petri (Recorder)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
2.
Concerto for Recorder in F major by Giuseppe Sammartini
Performer:  Michala Petri (Recorder)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1730s; London, England 
3.
Concerto for Recorder in C major, TV 51 no C 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Michala Petri (Recorder)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725-1735; Hamburg, Germany 
4.
Concerto for Flute in F major, Op. 10 no 1/RV 433 "La tempesta di mare" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Michala Petri (Recorder)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 

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