Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 50% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Listen with Prime Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nordic Spell for all - including Dogs!, 14 April 2010
This review is from: Concertos for Flute & Orchestra (Audio CD)
These may not be household name composers, indeed I was only familiar with Kalevi Aho's music but there is nothing to scare the traditional minded listeners away. All the concertos are very approachable, particularly the Lindberg and Tomasson though the Aho concerto is a more substantial and ultimately rewarding piece.

Sharon Bezaly's playing is at its strongest in the slow and most expressive moments in these pieces though she makes the more animated moments sound very easy. Her playing is flawless throughout.

The Aho concerto is more symphonic in scale than many concertos. He has written a number of concertante symphonies though this work is more pastoral and elegiac in mood than those. Indeed Aho's sleeve notes are illuminating, talking about the loss of his father being in the background to the work and then, in even more detail about the failing health of his dog during long walks in the country - it's funny how bereavment works. The work is in arc form, built on an extended opening slow movement than reflects the poetic melancholy and occasional anguish that Aho speaks of. The central quick movement becomes increasingly animated and bears some resemblance to his marvellous Symphonic Dances (check out the sensational BIS recording of these). The work then returns to the initial slow music.

Haukur Tomasson's music is new to me and the description of him as one of Iceland's leading composers isn't very reassuring - how many composers does Iceland have? The music is very attractive built around five quite short movements that combine a Messiaen like harmony with early Stravinskian orchesrtal colour. It may not be a substantial work but it is very attractive none the less.

The Christian Lindberg concerto is even more approachable combining more extrovert dance rhythms with a latin feel to some of the melodies. It was inspired by his viewing of a documentary about Brazilian transvestites - but don't let that put you off. It is a perfect complement to the more introverted Aho concerto that begins the disc. In other words, the three concertos balance each other very well as a programme.

The BIS recording is uniformally warm and clear and the playing first rate by the orchestras. This was recorded in three separate locations but you'd never know. I can recommend this disc heartily to every one.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]


Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,011