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Suite No. 20 (from "Banchetto musicale")
Praeludium (Fantasia) & Fuga C minor [BWV 537] Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
La Marcha Tarquinio Merula (c.1590-1665)
La Livia Tarquinio Merula (c.1590-1665)
Suite for Pipes: Intrada - Minuet - Valse - Finale (Jig) Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Three Gadgets: Catch Phrases - Theatre of the Absurd - Flashing Flutes Piet Swerts (*1960)
I Continenti: Asia - South America - Oceania - North America - Africa Jan Van der Roost (*1956)
Czaldy Waldy - La Manfredina - La Rotta della Manfredina (c.1400, arr. FRQ) Anonymus
op de fles Frans Geysen (*1936)
La Bizzarra Nicolò Corradini (?-1646)
The Flanders Recorder Quartet has shaped the term "recorder quartet" in a unique way. On the occasion of their 20th anniversary the quartet presents a CD/SACD which pulls out all the stops: This musical banquet will thrill not only recorder aficionados.
The program ranges from the 17th to the 21st century. The names Johann Hermman Schein, Tarquinio Merula and Johann Sebastian Bach stand for the treasures of early recorder music. Ralph Vaughan William's wonderful and seldom-heard "Suite for Pipes" leads into the contemporary repertoire, represented by works of Piet Swerts, Jan Van Roost and Frans Geysen that are lively, imaginative and of unheard-of sonic beauty: It is not without reason that numerous compositions have been dedicated to the Flanders Recorder Quartet. An expressive improvisation in medieval style is also offered.
Twenty-six flutes, from the smallest soprano to a six-foot-long great bass, as well as eight bottles(!) are played. Belgian percussionist and special guest Frédéric Malempré contributes dynamic accents.
The CD is jam-packed with over 80 minutes of music. Listeners with SACD-capable equipment are additionally treated to a bonus track (Corradini: La Bizzarra). Particularly in the surround-sound version, the fantastic acoustics of the Stiftskirche in Cappenberg ensure a unique sonic experience. A 36-page booklet in five languages, which serves as a charming guide through the musical menu, is provided in the fold-out digipack.
Congratulations, Flanders Recorder Quartet!