Magazine article Gramophone

Beppe: Remote Galaxy

Magazine article Gramophone

Beppe: Remote Galaxy

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Remote Galaxy (a). Distant Words (b). Lost in September. Tightrope Walking Beneath Heaven. Flute Concerto No 2 (c)

(a) Emily Beynon fl (b) Mark van de Wiel cl (c) Ralph Rousseau va da gamba Philharmonia Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy

2L [F] [Br] 2L100PABD (71' * DXD)

The composer formerly known as Fred Jonny Berg here releases his second collaboration with the Philharmonia, Ashkenazy and flautist Emily Beynon. Some technical aspects of the release were noted, and praised, when it was one of the test discs for February's audio section.

2L's recording--Blu-ray and accessible in 5.1 and 7.1 DTS, 2.0 LPCM and 9.1 Auro-3D--does indeed sound breathtaking. This is not only effective in its capture of individual sonorities in the orchestra but in its ability to provide coherence in potentially tricky balances. In the closing Flute Concerto No 2, Beynon's solo line has (or would have) to battle with a Brucknerian weight of organ and brass, hardly the norm for a wind concerto even in our post-Femeyhough repertoire.

A thumbnail sketch of Flint Juventino Beppe's musical idiom might refer frequently to the tonal masters of the earlier 20th century--Flolst (especially 'Uranus'), Sibelius, even Elgar in more pastoral moments. …

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