Mozart flute CD review

MOZART: Most / Magen / Odense Symphony Orchestra (Bridge 9502A/B) ★★★
When trying to complete commissions from an amateur player for two flute concertos Mozart wrote to his father, "I am quite powerless to write for an instrument which I cannot bear." The sheer beauty of the music he composed for the flute belies the complaint. Perhaps he found the contemporary wooden flute, notoriously difficult to play in tune, exasperating. He'd surely be impressed by the artistry of Rune Most, using a reproduction 18th century instrument to pleasing effect. It can be chirpy and bright or charming and delicate: Most's playing is particularly ingratiating in the Concerto No.1's slow movement, a stately little music-box dance. He also blends well with Siva Magen (harp) in the double concerto. Most is principal flautist of the Odense Symphony Orchestra who provide sturdy support here, benefiting from the Carl Nielsen Hall's excellent airy acoustic. The two CD set is both short (83 minutes) and expensive.
Norman Stinchcombe

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