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Complete Recorder Sonatas

Anthony Newman, the “High Priest of Bach” and Michala Petri, the “First Lady of the Recorder” join talents for the first time in recording, after playing together for many years in concert. To commemorate this historic meeting, our two legendary artists have selected the Sonatas for Recorder by Georg Philipp Telemann. Prior to the publication of Steven Zohn’s magisterial Music for a mixed taste: style, genre, and meaning in Telemann’s instrumental works (2008) there had been a dismaying lack of scholarly works on Telemann and his music in English, but any doubts as to Telemann’s genius will be silenced when hearing this magnificent duo perform these miniature masterpieces. And herein lay Telemann’s genius: even works conceived on the most intimate scale bursts with originality and musical surprises.

”Michala Petri's uncomplicated approach to recorder playing is in the top flight of virtuoso achievement.” – Gramophone Magazine

“He [Anthony Newman] amazed us throughout with his economy of gesture and perfect understanding of classical style. He has a genius for improvising in a manner both spontaneous and digitally immaculate.” – Washington Post

  • 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

  • Described by Wynton Marsalis as “The High Priest of Bach”, and by Time Magazine as “The High Priest of the Harpsichord,” Anthony Newman continues his 50 year career as America's leading organist, harpsichordist and Bach specialist.


    Anthony Newman


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Fanfare Magazine (US) Petri is at her most spontaneous, and Newman provides incisive and imaginative support.

Ronald E. Grames

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Magazine Fanfare (US) It demonstrates that her reputation as one if not the premiere recorder player is well-deserved.

Bertil van Boer

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The Recorder Magazine (UK)Overall this is a wonderfully entertaining new recording that displays the mastery of Telemann portrayed skilfully and virtuosically by Petri and Newman.

Oliver Smith

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The Classical Reviewer (UK)

Bruce and Deborah Reader

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Fono Forum Review ,Germany - Four Star (5 possible)

Reinmar Emans

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International Record Review

Nicholas Anderson

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Daily Classical Review (UK)I can but admire, however, the remarkable variety of tone Michala Petri obtains from her instrument, as also the dynamic range. There is not the slightest hint of monotony.

Robert Anderson

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Klassik Heute (Germany) As Telemann once said to a young composer "Give every instrument its due; The player will be pleased, and the audience too!" is certainly true of this album.

Detmar Huchting

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