Unusual, but wonderful
scott | Calgary, Canada | 01/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Other that Boismortier, I don't know of any composer that wrote concertos for five unaccompanied flutes. The sonority created by five baroque flutes is very appealing, as they possess a sound that is liquid and cool. Structurally, these concerti tend to feature two of the flutes as "soloists", while the others provide accompaniment, especially the fifth part that often acts as a bass line. Not especially French sounding, they tend more towards an Italian model with a fast-slow-fast pattern to most of them. Admittedly, not all of the movements are equally inspired, some even bordering on tedium, but on the whole they are quite tuneful and engaging. The performance is excellent in every way. The players make a beautiful sound and blend together flawlessly, especially so in the unison passages where they sound as one. The recorded sound is also very good, with a faily dry accoustic capturing it all vividly. Buy this disc and treat yourself to something different and lovely.