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Byzantion
MusicWeb International, July 2013

…fans of the flute and the Classical orchestra will pass many an uplifting, mellifluent hour, especially in the good company of Swiss flautist Bruno Meier and the dependable Prague Chamber Orchestra…Meier’s gold flute has an appropriately luxurious tone…he flutters and cruises gracefully along like a sunlit fritillary on a summer breeze. The PCO have appeared several times before on Naxos…so they are au fait with the intermediate demands of this kind of music.

Sound quality is pretty good. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2013

Born in 1754, Franz Anton Hoffmeister was hardly less industrious than Haydn, his catalogue of compositions including some fifty symphonies and sixty concertos. Yet by the time of his death the musical world had turned to Mozart and Beethoven, and his output all but forgotten. Looking back we find a master craftsman at work, his thematic material probably spread over too many scores, but always attractive. If we were to take him back into the concert repertoire it would surely be through his twenty-five concertos composed for flute, the Twenty-first and Twenty-fourth being here recorded for the first time. As, seemingly with all of his music, he was to adhere to academic rectitude, both concertos shaped in three movements, the two outer surrounding a more relaxed central movement. The disc plays them in reverse order, no doubt with the thought that the Twenty-fourth is the more immediately attractive with its catchy tune in the finale, while the second movement, marked, Alla polacca, has abundant charm compared with the rather dour Romanza at the centre point of the Twenty-first. That too has a lively final Rondo, the whole disc proving to be most pleasurable in the superb and gorgeously smooth playing of the Swiss-born flautist, Bruno Meier. There is admirable brilliance when called upon, and he has a first class partnership with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, recorded in excellently engineered sound quality. The disc sleeve indicates that this is the first volume of a series, and that is very good news. © David’s Review Corner






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