Recorder Concerto (17 mins)
Specially composed for the virtuoso recorder player John Turner.
The soloist plays the whole range of recorders: Bass, Tenor, Alto, Descant and Sopranino –- but not simultaneously!
John Turner and The Oare String Orchestra, directed by Peter Avis. Faversham, Kent, January 27, 2007.
Score with sample recording available from Corinium Music. Write for more information.
John Turner and The Manchester Camerata Ensemble, conducted by Philip Mackenzie. Dutton CDs.
Hubert Culot, MusicWeb International
The music does not set out to be descriptive à la Richard Strauss, but has many fine moments of atmospheric writing. The very opening of the first movement Gathering is a case in point. It reminded me of the first time I drove through Glencoe on a wet and misty day! The second movement Advance/Retreat is more overtly descriptive, whereas the final movement Over the Water is an epilogue based on Bonnie Prince Charlie’s tune, on which much of the music is actually founded in one way or another. It is a most welcome find.