This disc presents remarkably inventive and well-written new repertoire for flute and piano. Interpreted by performers who know and understand the nature of the music, eager and capable of meeting the technical demands – this is an exciting delight.
Jostein Stalheim has been labelled a modern exponent for a Haydn-esque elegance, and Hidden Music (2003) is brilliantly conceived in a sort of rondo form. The title work of the album, Chromos (1999) by Ivar Lunde Jr,. is a flighty and impressionistic piece. The (1999) is typical of the mature style of Edvard Hagerup Bull.
With his Moments, Olav Berg touches on the improvisational in his music. Knut Vaage’s Fortuna is written, as indeed is Hidden Music, in close collaboration with the performers on this release. The music has the ambience of serious playfulness, the first movement resembling a jigsaw puzzle for flute and the piano.
…for outstanding performers
Gro Sandvik was solo flutist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra from 1967 to 2005. She is a member of the Bergen Woodwind Quintet with numerous concerts and tours all over the world, and with several CDs. At present she is Visiting Professor of Flute, The University of Iowa School of Music, USA, and Professor of Flute at the Grieg Academy in Bergen. Einar Røttingen´s recording of Grieg’s Ballade in G minor was recently awarded Recording of the Year by the Grieg Society of Lonon. His many recordings have received great international acclaim. Røttingen is Professor of Piano at the Grieg Academy, Bergen.