ERNANI AGUIAR (b.1950): Concertino for Piccolo and Strings, HENDRIK HOFMEYR (b.1957): Double Concerto for Violin and Flute, ALBERTO COLLA (b.1968): Quasi una romanza for Flute and Strings, CARLO GALANTE (b.1959): I Sospiri di Ariel for Flute and Strings.

Catalogue Number: 08M085

Label: Delos

Reference: DE 3399

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: Hofmeyr's piece is attractive and tonal, modeled after classical tradition. The first movement alternates energetic and lyrical material, the slow movement is a melodic dialogue between the soloists and the finale a lively rondo. The Colla is a substantial work in one continuous span, basically tonal but with a wide range of historical and stylistic referents. At times simply and beautifully melodic, the music passes through a variety of more turbulent episodes suggesting an unspecified narrative, with events dictating the nature of the musical expression. Galante admits to his narrative intent; Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' and the character of Ariel, agile, incorporeal and whimsical. These adjectives summarize the music of this immensely appealing, tonal three-movement work. Aguiar's piccolo concerto frames a tender slow movement between two lively and happy ones. In his booklet note the composer indulges in a little polemic against musical 'isms' and academic correctness, and makes clear his intention to write music to be enjoyed by performers and listeners alike, and that is exactly what we have here. Some elements of Brazilian music are evident in the melodic contour of this very attractive work in popular, light but by no means insubstantial, idiom. Raffaele Trevisani (flute, piccolo), Moscow Chamber Orchestra; Constantine Orbelian.

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