Michala Petri adds her characteristic spright to this recording and the largos are pleasant as well. The concerto in F includes a bassoon part which adds bottom to the works on this CD as a contra to the higher-pitched recorder.The Philips recording quality on this CD is near flawless as well– there is a nice balance between the woodwinds on the one hand and the strings and the occassional harpsichord on the other. Overall quite a worthwhile and enjoyable addition to one's baroque-period collection.
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.
RCA Red Seal is a classical music label and is now part of Sony Masterworks.
The Red Seal label was begun in 1902 by the Gramophone Company in the United Kingdom and was quickly adopted by its United States affiliate, the Victor Talking Machine Company, and its president, Eldridge R. Johnson. Distinctive, red paper information labels affixed to the centre of the two affiliated companies' black shellac discs inspired the name.
If you have any doubt that the fipple flute is an acceptable substitute for the specified transverse one in these works, this recording could allay it. What is lost is the warm, intimate, breathy, pitch-bending sound of the minimally-keyed wooden instrument, but what is gained is the luculent clarity and (in Petri's hands) spot-on accuracy of the recorder. Instruments at period pitch (which for her own good reasons Petri does not use) would restore some of the warmth, but rarely can you have everything—and here you have so much to be grateful for.