Zenz has a very full sound that is picked up beautifully; she plays everything solidly and with great authority. Her alto flute playing is among the best I’ve heard, and she skillfully executes some demanding multiphonics (heard most clearly in the Tsangaris).
Music for solo flute written over the past fifty years by eleven leading Greek composers performed by the German-born flautist, Katrin Zenz. It could be looked upon as an introverted yearning to discover their musical past that has become the aim of many Greek composers. I am certainly not going to attempt to examine each work, the Zwei Marchen by Dmitri Terzakis and Ansage by Manos Tsangaris being the two major scores from length perspective. There is certainly much that you will find of hypnotic beauty; there are modern sounds, as in Anestis Logothetis’s Giobus for flute and pre-recorded tape, and we go back to 1970 for the Blues by Arghyris Kounadis. Almost without exception the music presents a technical challenge to the soloist, and if you are just coming to this era of Greek music, do try Giorgos Couroupos’s haunting Elegie, transcribed from the original oboe for alto flute by Zenz, the performer bending notes in sounds of anguish. The disc ends with Forget Me, a work based on Greek dances by Giorgos Koumendakis and dedicated to Zenz. To my ears the performances sound highly persuasive and well recorded.