In its own way, it explores the various possibilities of the recorder in each of the three movements – each titled as clearly as Steven Stucky’s music itself: Scales, Glides and Arpeggios.

Études was premiered at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen on June 17th 2000, with Giordano Bellincampi conducting the Copenhagen Philharmonic, during a concert celebrating Michala Petri’s award of the Lèonie Sonning Music Prize. On January 29th 2002, Etudes had its U.S. premiere in Los Angeles, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, conducted by Steven Stucky.

Pipes and Bells, by Swedish composer Daniel Börtz, was commissioned for Michala and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The world premiere took place on September 26th 2005, under chief conductor Thomas Dausgaard, in the Danish Radio Concert Hall during the orchestra’s 70th anniversary celebration.

The piece – as in other concertos by Börtz – is in one long movement ”in order not to disturb the symphonic story”; it is a dialogue between the soloist, symbol of the human individual voice, and the orchestra. In his beautifully expressive work Börtz responded to Michala’s wish to explore new and stronger dynamics, recently made possible thanks to some newly acquired instruments: he wrote dramatic dynamic changes and quick passages for the large and usually soft tenor recorder; conversely, the small, normally penetrating and aggressive sopranino is asked to produce soft, long-held tones.

This approach affected not only the contrast between the two instruments, but also the extreme dynamics between the soloist and the orchestra, through a mixture of soft, delicate and angelic passages and loud, almost diabolical passages.

  • 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

  • Trumpets: Michael Frank-Møller and Karl Husum. Both known as magnificent soloists. Michael and Karl both entered the musical world playing in the ‘Tivoli Boys Guard’ in Copenhagen. Michael also regularly plays solo trumpet in the London Symphony Orchestra.


    Danish National Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

  • Born 1958 in China, Lan Shui made his professional conducting debut in 1986 with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, and was later appointed Conductor of the Beijing Symphony.


    Lan Shui

  • Joan Albert Amargós was born in Barcelona, where he later studied music in the Superior Conservatory of Music in Liceu. Amargós is an accomplished performer on both the piano and clarinet, and continues to combine the activities of composer, symphonic musician and chamber music performer.

    Composer / conductor

    Joan Albert Amargós

  • Steven Stucky’s music is known for combining clear forms with brilliant colors, especially in his music for orchestra.


    Steven Stucky

  • Born in Osby, Sweden 1943, Daniel Börtz is today considered one of the most important composers in Sweden's musical history.


    Daniel Börtz



Alle drei Konzerte sind eigenständig und auf ihre Weise hochinteressant und schön. (Germany)

Christian Vitalis.


I’d imagine that these concertos would work quite well on any orchestra’s program. Sequenza 21 (USA)

Sequenza 21 (USA)


Don't miss this stunning release! Classic Today US

Jed Distler, Classic Today


In sum, this is a fabulous disc, filled with wonderful music and performances that enlarge our appreciation of the recorder’s possibilities.Fanfare (USA)

Fanfare US


A phenomenal recording, wonderful music! 10/10/10 Klassik Heute

Markus Zahnhausen


If you do not hear this played by your local orchestra in the next decade, write a letter or stop going. American Record Guide (USA)

Grammy nominated


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Christoph J. Keller

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