RICHARD HARVEY (b.1953): Concerto Incantato, GORDON JACOB (1895-1984): Suite for Recorder and Strings, MALCOLM ARNOLD (1921-2006): Recorder Concerto, Op. 133.
Catalogue Number: 05N071
Label: OUR Recordings
Description: Bearing Italian titles which translate as “Sorcery”, “Still Life”, “Dance of the Spirits”, “Sacred Song” and “Spells”, and given the headline on page two of the booklet “A new concerto for the Harry Potter generation”, you might be compelled to run shrieking in the other direction. But, really, it’s quite good if you like the recorder. Four recorders are used (sopranino down to tenor) to vary the sound. Chinese and Native American flute sounds are alluded to but it doesn’t go all New Agey on you. Rather it’s all more like a very well done score for a whimsical fantasy film. Lovely use of extremely high, bright, sparkling percussion, too. Michala Petri (recorder), City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong; Jean Thorel. SACD hybrid.