English Recorder Concertos (2012)

Harvey, Arnold, Jacob

Michala Petri

Jean Thorel

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. Played by professionals, virtuosos, dilettantes and even royalty (King Henry VIII owned a collection of 47), the recorder was at one time known as the "English Flute". Even as the recorder faded from the concert halls of Europe during the Classical and Romantic periods, its bucolic tones (and those of its near relatives) continued to echo through the English countryside.
It is one of the great ironies of Western music that, just as the dominance of the major/minor tonal system began to collapse, numerous revivals and explorations of early music were under way throughout Europe. The recorder was one of the first beneficiaries of this renewed interest and by the first decade of the twentieth century, its popularity began to spread again as numerous recorder schools and early music associations appeared in Germany and, of course, England.

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Michala Petri

Michala Petri has performed more than 4000 concerts in the worlds leading festivals and Concert Halls,and has broken down the boundaries of her instrument, the recorder. 

Her repertoire spans works from the Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism and extends into contemporary and improvised music. It is precisely this versatility that lies behind her special appeal as an artist. 

Her collaboration in the 90s on two cds with Keith Jarrett, gave her a latent interest in the art of improvisation, which is partly required in Baroque music, though within the narrow borders of the rules of that time. The collaboration was initiated by Keith Jarrett, who heard Michala play in concert at New Yorks Lincoln Centre and suggested that they at some point played something together - which let to two albums of Bach Sonatas and Handel Sonatas. Recently she has taken up playing fully improvised concerts, amongst others with Benjamin Koppel and Carsten Dahl. 

She has received the Leonie Sonning Music Prize, Europa Musicale Soloist Prize, three times the German ECHO KLASSIK Award, amongst others. She has recorded more than 70 cds, several having been Grammy-nominated. 

Artists with whom she has collaborated include Keith Jarrett, Sir Neville Marriner, James Galway, Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Henryk Szeryng, Pinchas Zukermann, Maurice Andre, Joshua Bell, Mahan Esfahani and Claudio Abbado. Among composers having composed for her are Sir Malcolm Arnold, Gordon Jacob, Per Nørgaard, Vagn Holmboe, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Olav Anton Thommessen, Sunleif Rasmussen, Bent Sørensen, Steven Stucky, Joan Albert Amargos, Chen Yi, Bright Cheng, Ander and Thomas Koppel and Daniel Børtz. 

photo: Søren Solkær, from booklet

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English Recorder Concertos (2012)

Harvey, Arnold, Jacob

Michala Petri

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Concerto Incantanto - I. Sortilegio (Sorcery)
Harvey
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Concerto Incantanto - II. Natura Morta (Still Life)
Harvey
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Concerto Incantanto - III. Danza Spiriti (Dance of the Spirits)
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Concerto Incantanto - IV. Canzone Sacra (Sacred Song)
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Concerto Incantanto - V. Incantesimi (The Spells)
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Recorder Concerto, Op. 133 - I. Allegro
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Recorder Concerto, Op. 133 - II. Lento
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Recorder Concerto, Op. 133 - III. Vivace
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Suite for Alto Recorder and Strings - I. Prelude: Adagio ma poco con moto
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Suite for Alto Recorder and Strings - II. English Dance: Allegro molto
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Suite for Alto Recorder and Strings - III. Lament: Adagio
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Suite for Alto Recorder and Strings - IV. Burlesca alla Rumba: Allegro giocoso
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Suite for Alto Recorder and Strings - V. Pavane: Lento
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Suite for Alto Recorder and Strings - VI. Introduction and Cadenza: Andante sostenuto
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Suite for Alto Recorder and Strings - VII. Tarantella: Presto con fuoco
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