Michala Petri's recordings emphasize two periods, the baroque and a more modern era (20th century and later). To my knowledge she hasn't really recorded much from the Renaissance/Elizabethan era. This very affordably-priced box set of 6 CDs focuses on her baroque recordings, with pieces originally written for recorder as well as others written for other instruments such as oboe. The big composers are Vivaldi, Bach, Albinoni, and Handel. Her playing, of course, is phenomenal, with great, well-chosen ornamentation.
Dialogue - East meets West is the second CD in a series produced by OUR Recordings, entitled East meets West, which as a turning point has the dialogue between the two cultures. The first recording, Spirits - East meets West with Chen Yue, on Xiao and Lars Hannibal, on Guitar was released in April 2007.
She has performed with musicians such as Heinz Holliger, Pinchas Zukerman, James Galway, Salvatore Accardo, Maurice Andrè, Keith Jarrett, Christopher Hogwood and Claudio Abbado, and appeared as soloist with many of the worlds major Chamber Orchestras and Symphony Orchestras.
With their music, these two artists have reached a maturity and technical superiority that inevitably shift the focus. Into to room, into the hall. And this to a degree where the contact with their audience becomes almost tangible. They capture the atmosphere in such a way that encourages audiences to discover that a concert with Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal is an exceptional experience that strikes the chords of the heart.
Whereas Michala Petri has a long standing as one of the world’s most supreme instrumentalists, Lars Hannibal’s wide experience from various ensembles enables him to create both harmony and contrast. Together, they form a synthesis that attracts attention worldwide.
“Here Claudio Abbado is gambolling among the Brandenburg Concertos in this straightforward TV-style concert film, recorded in the classic 19th-century opera house at Reggio Emilia during an Italian tour in spring 2007. The orchestra is at first glance a curious gathering, mixing 'Baroque' players such as violinist Giuliano Carmignola and harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone with 'modern' names such as trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich and 'un-Baroque' recorder-player Michala Petri. Furthermore, a look round the instruments reveals mostly modern models, some hybrids…” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
The two concertos by Thomas Koppel (1944-2006) on the present disc are fresh, lively, and often moving works that, although written in a freely tonal idiom, never become anodyne. Instead, the ear is continuously challenged by shifting colors and harmonies, and most certainly by the virtuoso solo writing that Michala Petri handles with considerable aplomb.