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Johann Stamitz: Flute Concertos / Robert Aitken, flute

Album Summary

>Stamitz, Johann : Concerto for Flute in D major no 1
>Stamitz, Johann : Concerto for Flute in C major
>Stamitz, Johann : Concerto for Flute in D major no 2
>Stamitz, Johann : Concerto for Flute in G major
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Notes & Reviews:

A pioneer in the development of the symphony, Johann Stamitz also composed several concertos, including fourteen for flute. The four flute concertos presented here show what delightful results came from the combination of Stamitz's lively musical imagination with the talents of the highly admired Mannheim orchestra's players for whom they were written. Virtuosity, lyricism and a dash of Bohemian spirit characterize these charming works, in which the emergence of the Classical style from its Baroque antecedents can be heard.

”The Lithuanian St. Christopher group provides a precise and understated accompaniment. One might have wished for more presence in the recording, but perhaps it was a decision made by the sound engineer to focus on the flute. It is true that the music on this disc is mostly all about the flute and it’s ability, and this lends a certain sameness to each of the concertos, but if one concentrates upon the remarkable technical display, then one will find a perfect example of what can happen when a composer of this pivotal period pushes the aerobatic envelope of a more reticent and intimate instrumentHighly recommended.”-Fanfare

MusicWeb International
The playing in this recording is generally good. Robert Aitken is an able soloist who displays good technical control throughout. There is some enjoyable phrasing in the slow movements, and his tone quality is pure, sweet and uncomplicated, always serving the music and never sounding forced or over indulged. The fast movements possess a good sense of energy and exuberant display of technique. The orchestra has a rich and well balanced sound, and there is good ensemble playing discipline. The recording has a pleasant amount of reverb, which brings warmth to the overall sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Catherine's Concert Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania (06/22/2006-06/24/2006).



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>Stamitz, Johann : Concerto for Flute in D major no 1
  • Performer: Robert Aitken (Flute)
  • Conductor: Donatas Katkus
  • Notes: St. Catherine's Concert Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania (06/22/2006-06/24/2006)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1754-1755

>Stamitz, Johann : Concerto for Flute in C major
  • Performer: Robert Aitken (Flute)
  • Conductor: Donatas Katkus
  • Notes: St. Catherine's Concert Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania (06/22/2006-06/24/2006)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Stamitz, Johann : Concerto for Flute in D major no 2
  • Performer: Robert Aitken (Flute)
  • Conductor: Donatas Katkus
  • Notes: St. Catherine's Concert Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania (06/22/2006-06/24/2006)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Stamitz, Johann : Concerto for Flute in G major
  • Performer: Robert Aitken (Flute)
  • Conductor: Donatas Katkus
  • Notes: St. Catherine's Concert Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania (06/22/2006-06/24/2006)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto