English Recorder Concertos

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English Recorder Concertos

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26th March 2012




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English Recorder Concertos


Recorder Concerto, Op. 133

Harvey, R:

Concerto Incantato

Jacob, G:

Suite for Recorder and Strings

Michala Petri (recorders)

City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Jean Thorel


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World Premiere Recording of Richard Harvey’s Concerto Incantato!

Only available recording of Malcolm Arnold’s late Concerto!

Michala Petri weaves a wonderous web of musical enchantment!

Recorded in state-of-the-art Super Audio Sound!

The recorder has 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 present recording showcases the music of three generations of English composers who have embraced the recorder, making significant contributions to the repertoire in the process. Gordon Jacob, the eldest, composed numerous works for the recorder from the 1950s up until his last year.

Sir Malcolm Arnold was to follow Jacob’s example contributing his Concerto for Recorder, originally written for and premiered by Michala Petri. Arnold’s amphibious existence as a composer for both film and the concert hall is echoed in the career of our youngest contributor, the BAFTA award-winning composer and recorder player 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 is a late masterwork truly deserving a wider audience makes a most welcome return to the catalogue. The program is capped off by Harvey's magical Concerto Incantato (composed especially for Michala) - a true concert piece for the Harry Potter generation.

Richard Harvey: Concerto Incantanto

I. Sortilegio (Sorcery)

II. Natura Morta (Still Life)

III. Danza Spiriti (Dance of the Spirits)

IV. Canzone Sacra (Sacred Song)

V. Incantesimi (The Spells)

Malcolm Arnold: Recorder Concerto, Op. 133

I. Allegro

II. Lento

III. Vivace

Gordon Jacob: Suite for Alto Recorder and Strings

I. Prelude: Adagio ma poco con moto

II. English Dance: Allegro molto

III. Lament: Adagio

IV. Burlesca alla Rumba: Allegro giocoso

V. Pavane: Lento

VI. Introduction and Cadenza: Andante sostenuto

VII. Tarantella: Presto con fuoco

MusicWeb International

May 2012

“This is one of the best CDs of recorder music that I have ever heard. Full stop...it will be essential listening for enthusiasts of recorder music.”

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