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Not really for me,
This review is from: The Father The Son And The Godfather (BIS BISCD1895) (Audio CD)
I'm afraid I didn't get on as well with this disc as most people have. It has received very favourable reviews in prestigious journals and on this page, so plainly there is nothing whatever wrong with the performance and this is just a matter of personal taste. This disc wasn't really to mine.
The idea is a good one and it is true that there is a very fresh approach here and the musicians are very good. However, the overall effect for me was a bit flat and left me with the feeling that the ensemble were sometimes striving for quirkiness at the expense of the music. The use of rubato is so extreme in places that the effect is more as though they have got lost and are stopping to catch up with themselves, rather than lending meaning to a phrase. I also have to say that the J.S. Bach flute/recorder sonata felt rather turgid beside Ashley Solomons and Trevor Charleston's version.
So...sorry to be critical, but this disc just didn't do it for me. Don't let me put you off, though. It is an imaginative disc with fine music played by very good musicians which many people have enjoyed very much. I just thought I'd mention my view of it in case your taste coincides with mine.