English Recorder Concertos
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The recorder has always been part of Western music for more than seven hundred years, during which time it has enjoyed a particularly special relationship with the composers and musicians of England. The music here showcases three generations of English composers who have all made significant contributions to the repertoire in the process: Gordon Jacob, Sir Malcolm Arnold, and the youngest, recorder-player composer Richard Harvey. The result? Pure musical enchantment! Jacob's delightful Suite has been a mainstay for recorder players (and an audience favourite) since its premiere, while Arnold's rarely performed concerto makes a most welcome return to the catalogue, a late masterwork truly deserving of a wider audience. The program is capped off by Harvey's magical Concerto Incantato, composed especially for Michala Petri, a true concert piece for the "Harry Potter" generation. 'The highlight of the evening came...with the world premiere of Richard Harvey's Concerto Incantato...Harvey's work brings together a broad range of musical influences...oozing walls of warm, string harmony and a distinct story-telling quality - a highly consumable work commandingly performed.' Mark Tjhung, Time Out Hong Kong
Numerous composers have been inspired to write works specifically for Michala Petri and her very simple instrument, creating a wonderful legacy for the recorder. Her latest release, English Recorder Concertos features the world premiere of Richard Harvey's Concerto Incantato. It was commissioned for the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, with whom Petri performs on this recording. Richard Harvey is a recorder player himself, and he performed on the Harry Potter film scores. He calls this a concerto for the Harry Potter generation and Michala Petri says you can hear the 'Harry Potter' influence in this concerto. 'It's wonderful to play. He wanted to write a piece which was fun to play for the recorder player, and I think he has succeeded very well. It's one of the pieces where you feel you get as much back as you give immediately.' --by Julie Amacher, Minnesota Public Radio
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This selection of three 20th century works for solo recorder and orchestra serves as a welcome extension from the usual Baroque concertos more frequently encountered on disc. All three of these works are fine examples of modern composition. The concerto by Richard Harvey makes its debut recording here and the Gordon Jacob Suite makes a welcome return having previously been included in a previous disc by Petri. Both the Arnold and Harvey works were written for Petri and Jacob also wrote for her, but not this Suite. Arnold was a pupil of Jacob in his student years. All three pieces are lyrical in style and are likely to gain many supporters as a result of the availability of this disc.
The booklet included with the disc is a model of what such a booklet should be. It supplies copious interesting information about the three works, the soloist, the three composers and the orchestra. The hybrid SACD recording is also of high standard and succeeds in balancing the players naturally while still delivering clarity of detail.
Such details are an important part of the imaginatively scored Concerto Incantato by Harvey who may be better known as a film score composer and as the composer of the Harry Potter film music. This concerto clearly plays with such magical concepts and is written in 5 short sections amounting to a 30 minute work which tickles the ear throughout. The range of recorders from tenor to sopranino is utilised plus double and triple tonguing techniques which will be very familiar to brass players but not necessarily associated with recorder playing. This is good humoured and engaging music which will no doubt be favourite tracks on the disc for purchasers.
The Arnold concerto is also good humoured and is typical Arnold in its style with a more conventional use of the reduced accompanying orchestra. The second movement is powerfully atmospheric in much the same way as the one in the second symphony for example while the outer movements are more boisterous in nature. Once more the whole piece engages the interest.
As mentioned above, the Jacob Suite makes a welcome return – it was arguably the most popular item on the previous disc and was not as well paired being paired with Baroque period works. This new coupling makes far more sense and the Suite is an ideal companion to the rest of the disc. As a composition it falls between the other two works having a more adventurous compositional range than the Arnold piece but more in line with conventional scoring than Harvey's.
This is a most enjoyable and imaginative disc that will delight anyone who loves the recorder and cares for its future role in music
Michala Petri's playing is just dazzling, verging on the superhuman in places, and the whole piece is a delight. Placed alongside two renowned works by Malcolm Arnold and Gordon Jacob, it shows Harvey as a blazing talent who is taking the humble recorder to places it never dreamt of.