EUGEN KAPP (1908-1996): Flute Concerto, Concertino for Flute and Orchestra, HEINO ELLER (1887-1970): 3 Pieces for Flute and Orchestra (orch. Charles Coleman [b.1968]), RENÉ EESPERE (b.1953): Flute Concertos No. 1 and No. 2.
Catalogue Number: 08O010
Label: Estonian Record Productions
Reference: ERP 2009
Description: The second-youngest of conductor Neeme Järvi’s offspring offers a program of Estonian music for flute and orchestra conducted by her youngest brother. The three Eller pieces, lovely little pastoral pictures, have origins as early as the teens of the 20th century, later collected as a suite for flute and piano and now orchestrated. Kapp’s 1975 “concerto” has only two movements - an almost impressionistic Aria and a boisterous and characterful Scherzo - and lasts barely ten minutes; his “Concertino”, from ten years earlier, is more like a concerto in proportions: three movements and 16 minutes with a beautifully lyrical andante and another scherzo-like finale. Eespere’s three-movement First concerto of 1995 is implicitly an in memoriam piece and its three slow movements (Larghetto, Largo, Andante) are uncharacteristically subdued while still possessing the expected flowing lyricism. The Second (2003 and written for the soloist here) is a single-movement work which uses aleatory parts which, far from producing atonal and dissonant chance operations, function to increase instrumental color and rhythmic acuity. Maarika Järvi (flute), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi.