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Rachel Brown's
Revolutionary Flute Quartets -
highly recommended by
ALICE McVEIGH

'The double-CD is worth buying for this slice of Gluck alone.'

Revolutionary Flute Quartets - Mozart, Mannheim and Paris. © 2016 Rachel Brown

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...

Copyright © 6 December 2016 Alice McVeigh,
Kent UK

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REVOLUTIONARY FLUTE QUARTETS - MOZART, MANNHEIM AND PARIS

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK

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