English Recorder Concertos

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. The present recording showcases the music of three generations of English composers who have embraced the recorder, making significant contributions to the repertoire in the process. Gordon Jacob, the eldest, composed numerous works for the recorder from the 1950s up until his last year.

Sir Malcolm Arnold was to follow Jacob’s example contributing his Concerto for Recorder, originally written for and premiered by Michala Petri. Arnold’s amphibious existence as a composer for both film and the concert hall is echoed in the career of our youngest contributor, the BAFTA award-winning composer and recorder player Richard Harvey. The result? Pure musical enchantment! Jacob's delightful Suite has been a mainstay for recorder players (and an audience favourite…) since its premiere, while Arnold's rarely performed concerto is a late masterwork truly deserving a wider audience makes a most welcome return to the catalogue. The program is capped off by Harvey's magical Concerto Incantato (composed especially for Michala) - a true concert piece for the Harry Potter generation.

“The highlight of the evening came... with the world premiere of Richard Harvey’s Concerto Incantato, a work written specifically for this concert and for Michala Petri and five (or perhaps it was six?) of her recorders... Harvey’s work brings together a broad range of musical influences... oozing walls of warm string harmony and a distinct story-telling quality – a highly consumable work commandingly performed.” - Mark Tjhung, Time Out Hong Kong

  • 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.. Since youth she has followed her wish for musical expansion in various ways, through commissioning more than 150 new works, - including more than 30 recorder concertos, through dialogue with other musical cultures and through developing new playing techniques.


    Michala Petri

  • City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) enjoys a unique position as one of the most prominent chamber orchestras in the Asian region.


    City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong

  • Richard Harvey began his composing career working with the celebrated composer Maurice Jarre and has gone on to create scores for over seventy television and film projects, including the International Emmy Award-winning Death of a President, the moving historical drama Eichmann and the idiosyncratic fantasy Les Deux Mondes.


    Richard Harvey


English Recorder Concertos

Classical Blog jcklassisk:(DK) - Der er ikke en takt for meget og ikke en takt for lidt

John Christiansen

English Recorder Concertos

The Recorder Magazine (UK) - Michala Petri`s playing, it goes without saying, is impeccable and her music interpretation vivid.

Andrew Mayes

English Recorder Concertos

"Scene"-English Magazine "- From the dramatic opening of Harvey’s Concerto Incanto through the pastoral meanderings of Jacob’s Suite for Recorder and Strings, this is the music of European myth and history. Recommended.

Chris Morgan

English Recorder Concertos

Fanfare Music Magazine (US) - What a lovely disc this is!

Raymond Tuttle

English Recorder Concertos

Fanfare Magazine (US) -This is one of the best CDs of recorder music that I have ever heard.

James A. Altena

English Recorder Concertos

International Record Review (IRR) (UK) - Michala Petri is a phenomenon, seemingly unstoppable in her pursuit of new territory for her chosen instrument.

Piers Burton-Page

English Recorder Concertos

Magazine Klassik.com (Germany)

Jürgen Schaarwächter

English Recorder Concertos

Klassik Heute (Germany)

Heinz Braun

English Recorder Concertos

Music Web International (UK)This is one of the best CDs of recorder music that I have ever heard. Full stop.

John France

English Recorder Concertos

Magazine All Music Guide:(US) - Petri is icily superb throughout, but the real pleasure here is in the music, not simply the mechanics

James Manheim

English Recorder Concertos

GERALD FENECH (UK) Spectacular Virtuosity - '... nimble fingering and miraculous breath control ...'

Gerald Fenech

English Recorder Concertos



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