Revolutionary Flute Quartets -
highly recommended by
'The double-CD is worth buying for this slice of Gluck alone.'
This is a wonderful double CD set of works by Mozart and his contemporaries, performed by international flautist Rachel Brown, along with one of the UK's finest period instrument ensembles, The Revolutionary Drawing Room — Adrian Butterfield and Kathryn Parry, violins; Rachel Stott, viola; Ruth Alford, cello.
Mozart's K 285 is surely familiar to all musicians — and perhaps even over-familiar to those of us who have played in flute quartets! However, it serves as the perfect opening here: the textures clear and vibrant yet without a hint of echo; the phrasing finished without a touch of affectation; every bar neatly phrased but nothing fussy or over-phrased. The players locate, not just the right speed, but also the right pacing — which is of course very much harder...
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