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Lovebirds

Music for two flutes and piano -
reviewed by
RON BIERMAN

'Recommended, especially for Schickele and the "Dances" of Schocker.'

Lovebirds. © 2005 Married Flutes Records

Married flutes? Lovebirds? Good reasons to anticipate something other than Schoenberg at his gnarliest. The performers comprise a trio of two flutes with piano accompaniment. And in this instance -- you can tell a CD by its cover. A Trevor Wye arrangement of Fauré's beautiful Sicilienne from Pelléas et Mélisande is about as thorny as it gets. Fauré is further represented by Wye's arrangement of the hymn melody from Cantique de Jean Racine. (Wye is best known as author of an exceptional series of flute-instruction books.)

The title piece, Lovebirds, is more characteristic of the release's emphasis on light contemporary works. Although composer Gary Schocker hasn't specified a program, it is no stretch to hear lovebirds in flight, at play, or squabbling and making up, as good lovebirds are wont to do. The first movement is typical [listen -- track 4, 0:00-1:10].

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Copyright © 1 August 2007 Ron Bierman, San Diego, USA

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