Abel: Music For Flute and Strings / Georgia Browne, Nordic Affect

Audio Samples

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Concerto for Flute no 5 in G major, WKO 50
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Sonata for Flute no 1 in C major, Op. 6/1
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Trio Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G major, Op. 3/1
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Sonata for Flute no 3 in E minor, Op. 6/3
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Concerto for flute & strings no 2 in E minor
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 7

Album Summary

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Concerto for Flute no 5 in G major, WKO 50
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Sonata for Flute no 1 in C major, Op. 6/1
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Trio Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G major, Op. 3/1
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Sonata for Flute no 3 in E minor, Op. 6/3
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Concerto for flute & strings no 2 in E minor
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 7
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Carl Friedrich Abel worked as a composer and musician at the Dresden court of Frederick the Great. The works on this recording are written in the Viennese Classical Style, charming, melodious and full of sparkle and wit. Georgia Browne, solo flutist of several famous Early Music orchestras, delights in the music's spirited and joyful character, expertly accompanied by Nordic Affect.

BBC Music Magazine
Affectionate explorations of seldom performed pieces by mid-18th century composer and bass viol virtuoso Carl Friedrich Abel. An attractive programme.

Classical Music
Their commitment to their repertoire is evident in every phrase. Browne has a sophisticated palette of colours at her disposal, from ethereally limpid to icily edgy, and the single strings draw a gestural and tonal range from their instruments that puts far better-known string bands to shame...these players urge you to delve into their take on Abel. Warmly recommended.

Fanfare Magazine
Nordic Affect is a newly formed period-instrument ensemble based in Iceland; the personnel consists of two violins, viola, cello, violone, theorbo, and harpsichord. Australian flutist Georgia Browne bears the brunt of the work here; she is a thoroughly cultivated, highly capable flutist with a lovely tone. The ensemble work is pert and polished, although I do hear a bit of glare from the violins at times. Nicely recorded and generously filled, this CD is an excellent introduction to the congenial music of Abel.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Georgia Browne is an Australian-born flutist whose playing is captivating. I relished the sound of her sustained notes in the opening Adagio of Sonata 1. I'd never heard of her, but I won't forget this. Nordic Affect is an Icelandic period instrument chamber ensemble - one player to a part - that matches her style, alternately vigorous and sensitive, in the concertos. The balance between the soloist and ensemble is good and has some extraordinary moments. The strings do sound somewhat raw, with much emphasis placed on the unevenness of the baroque bow. Long notes swell and short notes drop by the wayside. This is rhetorical playing rather than lyrical, and certainly consistent with the musical ideals articulated by the thought leaders of the time, including Mattheson, Heinichen, and Forkel. I quickly warmed to it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skáholt Cathedral, Iceland (07/2009).



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Works Details

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Concerto for Flute no 5 in G major, WKO 50
  • Performer: Georgia Browne (Flute)
  • Ensemble: Nordic Affect
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1759

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Sonata for Flute no 1 in C major, Op. 6/1
  • Performer: Georgia Browne (Flute)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Trio Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G major, Op. 3/1
  • Performer: Georgia Browne (Flute)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1761

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Sonata for Flute no 3 in E minor, Op. 6/3
  • Performer: Georgia Browne (Flute)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Concerto for flute & strings no 2 in E minor
  • Performer: Georgia Browne (Flute)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 7
  • Performer: Georgia Browne (Flute)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral