German & French Recorder Concertos

Banished for decades from the concert hall, the recorder once again came to the fore in the 20th century with the revival of early music. Germany and England were particularly welcoming of the recorder’s return to the brotherhood of instruments. Owing to its deliberate opposition to the grand, Romantic tradition, the recorder found favor among a highly diverse group of German composers representing an equally diverse range of styles ranging from Expressionism, Neue Sachlichkeit, and Neo-Classicism to self-consciously folk-inspired and faux Renaissance works.

Over the past decade, Michala Petri has engaged in an ambitious campaign to further extend the recorder’s presence as thoroughly modern instrument capable of playing contemporary concertos. Numerous new compositions have been commissioned including works by composers from the US, Spain, China, England, Sweden, Denmark and the Faroe Islands. For this fourth installment in her contemporary “Concertos” project, Michala Petri has recorded the World Premieres of works by composers from France, the former state of East Germany and modern Germany.

Acclaimed conductor Fabrice Bollon contributes Your Voice Out of the Lamb an epic, genre-busting tone poem inspired by one of the greatest Rock concept albums of all time, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis. The late East German composer Günter Kochan is represented by his bracing Music for alto recorder, 25 string instruments and percussion. Also included is Markus Zahnhausen’s Recordare, a veritable ‘Concerto da Requiem’ for solo recorder and orchestra.

Michala Petri is joined on this musical adventure by the Odense Symphony Orchestra under the able direction of Christoph Poppen, and prove themselves to be stylistic chameleons more than equal to the challenge of these surprising and challenging scores.

  • 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.

    Recorder

    Michala Petri

  • With an internationally renowned Chief conductor, a praised Principal Guest Conductor, and 73 highly skilled musicians from 17 nations, Odense Symphony Orchestra has positioned itself internationally and contributes to the reputation of Odense and Denmark abroad.

    Orchestra

    Odense Symphony Orchestra

  • From the start of his conducting career Christoph Poppen established an international reputation for innovative programming and commitment to contemporary music. As guest conductor he has appeared in numerous Opera Houses and with major Symphony Orchestra around the world as well as imparting numerous Masterclasses.

    Conductor

    Christoph Poppen

  • Markus Zahnhausen, born in Saarbrücken in 1965, studied with Hermann Elsner at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich and received formative inspiration as a composer from Rodion Shchedrin, Boris Tishchenko, Walter Mays, Günter Kochan and Hans Stadlmair.

    Composer

    Markus Zahnhausen

  • Fabrice Bollon is an internationally acclaimed composer and conductor.

    Composer / conductor

    Fabrice Bollon

  • Günter Kochan (1930-2009) was one of the leading German symphonists of the 20th century. With his voluminous oeuvre covering every genre, he was also among the most frequently performed contemporary composers and outstanding composition teachers in the former state of East Germany.

    Composer

    Günter Kochan

Reviews

German & French Recorder Concertos

Windkanal (Germany) - Eine CD, die in jeder Sammlung stehen sollte.

Thomas Müller-Schmitt

German & French Recorder Concertos

Crescendo, Belgium - Le retour de la flûte à bec

Jean-Baptiste Baronian

German & French Recorder Concertos

Recorder Magazine (UK)-.." music of the very highest compositional quality"

Chris Orton

German & French Recorder Concertos

Fanfare 2 (US) Although I always enjoy Michala Petri's discs, this one is particularly enjoyable, as it contains three previously unrecorded works that serve as something more than mere vehicles for Petri's considerable technical and intellectual virtuosity.

Raymond Tuttle

German & French Recorder Concertos

Klassisk (DK) 5 stjerner - Berusende afveje

Per Rask Madsen

German & French Recorder Concertos

ENDNOTES (UK)

Clare Hammond

German & French Recorder Concertos

Fanfare 1 (US) Presenting as it does three sensational 21st-century concertante works, exceptionally well-played and recorded, this release should certainly be explored by an audience much broader than just fans of the recorder, or even of the redoubtable Michala Petri.

Ronald E. Grames

German & French Recorder Concertos

Tibia (Recorder Magazine Germany) " Nicht zuletzt wegen der Veröffentlichung dieses hervorragenden Werkes sei die CD allen an zeitgenössischer Musik Interessierten wärmstens emp-fohlen."

Markus Bartholomé

German & French Recorder Concertos

Pizzicato (LU) Spannende Blockflötenkonzerte mit Michala Petri. - 5 Notes

Remy Franck

German & French Recorder Concertos

Politiken (DK)

Henrik Friis

German & French Recorder Concertos

Klassik Heute, Germany (10/10/10)

Christof Jetzschke

German & French Recorder Concertos

The New Listener (Germany) - "eine großartige Bereicherung im Zusammenhang mit einem immer noch weit unterschätzten Instrument".

Ulrich Hermann

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