Notes & Reviews:
With a repertoire spanning almost 150 years, from 1844 right up to 1992, this release brings together a wide range of works for flute and organ by composers from a variety of countries and musical backgrounds. During the Baroque period, it was common to pair the flute (or recorder) with the harpsichord; the combination here of flute and organ is by contrast far more exotic, the great power of which the latter instrument is capable pitted against the domestic nature of the former. The works on this release are all rare gems, showing just how well these two diverse timbres are able to complement each other - and at the same time revealing the great skill of many lesser-known composers. While the music on this release spans a large period of time, many of the works share a common thread of religion spirituality. German composer Hiller uses a Lutheran hymn as inspiration for his work Andante religioso, and the pieces by French composers Caplet and Gallon are both infused with a deep sense of mysticism, particularly pertinent as Caplet retreated to a monastery later in life. The religious theme continues into the more contemporary works by Italian composers D'Aurizio and Lincetto; the former was a noted composer of sacred music throughout his life, and Lincetto's work Messa degli artisti is a modern take on a traditional meditative prayer. Daniele Ruggieri and Andrea Toschi, who have a longstanding partnership, are delighted to be collaborating on this recording. Ruggieri has an active career as a flautist, with over 20 recordings to boast of, and has been awarded several major and international prizes. His ensemble Ex Novo, of which he is a founding member, has been critically acclaimed, with The Times describing Ruggieri's flute playing as a "beautiful and playful display of virtuosity". Toschi has performed on organs all over Europe, both as a soloist and as an ensemble player, and has already released several albums of works for both trumpet and violin with organ. Both performers have broadcast on major networks, including the BBC and Italy's RAI Radio 3. An enterprising and original program of works originally written for flute and organ by a wide variety of composers, spanning more than 150 years (not the usual compilation of Baroque lollipops like the Albinoni/Adagio or the Bach/Air!). Featuring are works by composers Hartmann, Lachner, Donjon, Doppler, Hiller, Gallon, Genzmer, d'Aurizio, Manzino. They explore the rich possibilities and diverse qualities of the two instruments in a fascinating way, sharing a spiritual or liturgical background. Superbly played by Daniele Ruggieri, flute ("beautiful and playful display of virtuosity" The Times) and Andrea Toschi, organ. Recorded in Padua. Booklet contains extensive liner notes, biographies and specifications of the organ. Other information: Recorded in 2013 in Padua, Italy. Contains extensive liner notes on the music and composers. Contains biographies of the artists. Contains full organ specifications.
American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The sound is excellent and the playing is too. Balance and blend between flute andorgan or flute with harmonium is superb, and the clarity and accuracy present each selection in the best possible light. Daniele Ruggieri teaches flute at the Padua Conservatory and Andrea Toschi teaches organ at the Piacenza Conservatory. There are three pages of notes in English plus biographies, photos of the organ and harmonium, and listings of their stops.
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