Album Review Erik Bosgraaf: Dialogues

A world premiere recording of a piece by Boulez is reason enough to invest in this disc, but the ‘comprovisations’ which complete the recording cannot help but intrigue. Recorder player Erik Bosgraaf pairs up with ‘laptop artist’ Jorrit Tamminga for a series of seven Dialogues, in which the sound of the recorder is captured and transformed by electronics. However, one can imagine these works being much more successful in a live context: the Dialogues are of variable musical interest, meaning that some stand up to repeated listens much better than others. The situation is not helped by the intricacy of the Boulez.

Read the full review at Sinfini Music.

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Catching up

It’s been a busy few weeks, and I’ve neglected to post my last few reviews and features.

For Sinfini, I delved into the woodwind repertoire to write top 10 works guides for flute and recorder. I also compiled a list of the 10 greatest flautists – see who made my cut here.

I reviewed the first concert in the New York Philharmonic’s Barbican residency for Bachtrack, and also indulged my wanderlust in writing a feature on the BRQ Vantaa festival.

More links and news to come soon!