PETERIS VASKS (b.1946): Flute Concerto (Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä; Patrick Gallois), Sonata for Flute and Alto Flute Solo, Aria e danza for Flute and Piano, Landscape with Birds for Flute Solo.
Catalogue Number: 11P076
Description: World Premiere Recording of the 2007-8 flute concerto (revised in 2011), one of Vasks' more expansive works at 33 minutes, which brackets an active, almost boisterous Quasi una burlesca central movement with two Cantabiles made up of the meditative, mystical and dreamy style one first associates with this composer. The two solo flute works exploit the entirety of the instrument's range in very atmospheric music evocative of nature as opposed to humanity. The early (1972, rev. 2010) Aria e danza (also a first recording) offer deftly defined lyrical and rhythmic music from before Vasks' mature style came into shape. Michael Faust (flutes), Sheila Arnold (piano).