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The program concludes with Schocker's entertaining three-movement suite of Latin-influenced dances. The composer has cleverly included fragments from Richard Strauss and Beethoven, though I admit I wouldn't have noticed had it not been mentioned in the notes. Instead the middle movement seemed a mild relative of the more savage beauty of Piazzolla's New Tango [listen -- track 14, 0:00-1:06]. And I thought the Brazilian pop tune Tico-Tico had been written by De Abreu rather than Beethoven [listen -- track 15, 1:03-1:49].

Performances are solid. The flutists often use an alto for its deeper timbre. In all cases they blend beautifully and the piano accompaniment is tastefully supportive. It's a lightweight program, but successful in its attempt to please rather than edify. Nor will I complain that the CD is less than 47 minutes long. The Lovebirds have thus avoided saccharine overdose.

Recommended, especially for Schickele and the Dances of Schocker.

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


Lovebirds - Married Flutes

MF105 Stereo FIRST RELEASE 46'20" 2005 Married Flutes Records

Lisa-Maree Amos, flute; Peter Sheridan, flute; Richard Berent, piano

Steven Van Wye (born 1964): Dos Arbolitos (world première recording); Caesar Giovannini (born 1925): Theme for a Quiet Day; Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) arr Wye: Sicilienne Op 78; Gary Schocker (born 1956): Lovebirds (Allegro Moderato; Con Fuoco; Vivo); Peter Schickele (born 1935): Trio Serenade (Morning Song; Dance; Night Song; Trance; Finale); Gabriel Fauré arr Wye: Cantique de Jean Racine Op 11; Gary Schocker: Three Dances (Easy Going; Moody; Coffee Nerves)


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