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'Rock That Flute' - Chiel Meijering (b.1954): Concerto movements for Eagle recorder & strings / Dan Laurin, recorder; 1B1 Ensemble, Bjoranger

Album Summary

>Meijering, Chiel : Soprano's Lament
>Meijering, Chiel : The Pied Piper
>Meijering, Chiel : The Mask Painted White
>Meijering, Chiel : Morning Mist in Bergen
>Meijering, Chiel : Blom
>Meijering, Chiel : Now!
>Meijering, Chiel : In the Happiest, the Darkest
>Meijering, Chiel : Rock That Flute
>Meijering, Chiel : Sweet and Crazy
>Meijering, Chiel : Salute
>Meijering, Chiel : Angels' Gaze
>Meijering, Chiel : Pentatonic Insomnia
>Meijering, Chiel : Eagles Commonly Fly Alone
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Notes & Reviews:

Originally conceived by the maker Adriana Breukink in 2008, the "Eagle" recorder has rapidly developed into an instrument which combines a large sound with a wide range, making it ideal for playing with modern instruments. When the Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin first encountered it, he was fascinated but also puzzled. What kind of music could he play on this instrument? Coming into contact with the Dutch composer Chiel Meijering he soon found out. Meijering, who had started to write for the recorder as early as 1979 - had developed a passion for the new model and was composing Eagle concertos with string accompaniment at a rapid pace. In fact, if there was a problem with repertoire for the Eagle, it was what to choose. As their correspondence developed, Laurin was struck by the very personal language in the compositions that he kept receiving from the composer. Dividing his own music into four cate­gories; dreamy, nostalgic, rocking and heavy metal. Meijering told him that the roots he had always had in pop music had gradually become more and more important. Soon thoughts of making a recording emerged, and took definite shape when the third, vital piece of the puzzle was found: the fresh, young string ensemble 1B1 from Stavanger in Norway, and its founder, the dynamic violinist Jan Bjøranger. Their collaboration has borne fruit in this disc with fifteen individual movements, selected by the performers and the composer during the recording sessions.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway (02/2014).

It's a bit hard to tell what you're getting in this recording by recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin, but rest assured, it's delightful. Rock music is only tangentially involved (there are no guitars or drums, just a small orchestra), and the cover is a mix of names, numbers, and an unfamiliar term. To start with the instrument: the Eagle Recorder is a contemporary creation of Dutch instrument builder Adriana Breukink. It is, in a word, a turbo recorder, with expanded capabilities designed to bring it to parity with an orchestra with no amplification. It has a large bore, several keys including an octave key, an expanded range, and "a new metal labium...which facilitates the attack and makes the sound even stronger." The basic sound isn't dramatically different from that of an ordinary alto recorder, but in the music here by composer Chiel Meijering (whose fondness for strange titles is fully on dislpay), it shows itself capable of quite a wide dynamic range. The 15 short pieces here are for recorder and orchestra, and Laurin refers to them as concerto movements, but that gives an incorrect idea of what they're like. The recorder parts are quite difficult in spots, but they don't emerge as individualistic utterances in opposition to the orchestral tutti; instead, the recorder insinuates itself into the music and twines itself around the orchestral lines, sometimes emerging ecstatically as in track 10, Sweet and Crazy (sample this one for an idea of the effect). The style is perhaps that of Delius with a slender layer of contemporary pop (not really rock, and there are no pop rhythms). The orchestral writing is as subtle as that for the flute, and to put these intricate structures together requires an effort from the chamber orchestra 1B1 and conductor Jan Bjoranger that is as rigorous as Laurin's playing. BIS' sound engineers get wonderfully transparents results from Norway's Stavanger Concert Hall. Highly recommended for lovers of contemporary extended-technique composition. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Meijering, Chiel : Soprano's Lament :: (part 1), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Meijering, Chiel : The Pied Piper :: (part 4), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Meijering, Chiel : The Mask Painted White :: (part 1), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2013

>Meijering, Chiel : Morning Mist in Bergen :: (part 1), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2013

>Meijering, Chiel : Blom :: (part 1), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2013

>Meijering, Chiel : Now! :: (part 3), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Meijering, Chiel : In the Happiest, the Darkest :: (part 3), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2013

>Meijering, Chiel : Rock That Flute :: (part 3), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Meijering, Chiel : Now! :: (part 2), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Meijering, Chiel : Sweet and Crazy :: (part 2), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2013

>Meijering, Chiel : The Pied Piper :: (part 3), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Meijering, Chiel : Salute :: (part 2), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Meijering, Chiel : Angels' Gaze :: (part 1), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Meijering, Chiel : Pentatonic Insomnia :: (part 3), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2013

>Meijering, Chiel : Eagles Commonly Fly Alone :: (part 1), Concerto movement for Eagle recorder and strings
  • Performer: Dan Laurin (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Jan Björanger
  • Ensemble: 1B1
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012