Sean Hickey - A Pacifying Weapon (2017)

Clausen, Hickey

Michala Petri

Clemens Schuldt, Jean Thorel

"We have been working on the idea that Sean should make a Recorder Concertos for Michala for 5 years,- and Sean wanted to make a concerto without string! For many years I have been following the students at The Royal Danish Academy of Music,- and I thought they should have a change to make a recording with international profiled artists and producer. Sean wrote a wonderful and different recorder concerto including a lot of percussion,- and Jean Thorel is really a master, as a conductor, to make these young musicians from 11 different countries understand the music,- and to get the best out of all participants! The energy is great,- reminds me of Bolivar Youth Orchestra!" - Lars Hannibal (OUR Recordings)

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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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Sean Hickey - A Pacifying Weapon (2017)

Clausen, Hickey

Michala Petri

    Gramophone

“Hickey’s capitalizes on the icy edge of his percussion-heavy wind band by channeling Shostakovich-like brutality against which the recorder is the picture of whimsical innocence. But it is the Fife and Drums of battle that end up consoling Michala Petri’s adroit flutters, making way for her final dialogue with an exotic but subtly-deployed battery of percussion. It is filigree, agile music suited to low-fi analogue sound”.

Andrew Mellor

    I Care if you Listen

"The album in total strikes an excellent balance of fulfilling and subverting its listeners expectations, both of the recorder and of the concerto. Having a period instrument play in a contemporary context breaks the recorder’s norm and adds a new dimension to its largely historical repertoire. The music, the soloist, and the student musicians of the RDAM are all genuinely impressive, and they’ve produced an excellent recording worth regularly revisiting."

Kathleen McGowan

    Winner Global Music Awards

'A Pacifying Weapon' won the GOLD MEDAL at the Gobal Music Awards 2017

Sean Hickey - A Pacifying Weapon (2017)

Clausen, Hickey

Michala Petri

Mastering Engineer: Prebem Owam
Producer: Prebem Owam
Recording Engineer: Prebem Owam
Recording location: Royal DanishAcademy of Music Concert Hall
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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