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Ronald E Grames
Fanfare, September 2016

CAGE, J.: Flute Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Zenz) 8.559773
CAGE, J.: Flute Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Zenz) 8.559774

Zenz is unfailingly lovely of tone and accurate of intonation. She is conscientious regarding what is given by the composer, and her use of the materials provided by the composer is imaginative. Where rumination is the stated goal, she creates the atmosphere for it beautifully. With the exception of Three Pieces for Flute Duet on the first disc, in which she is joined by New Zealander flutist Uwe Grodd, Zenz multi-tracks multiple flute parts. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, July 2016

…the performances are sensitive and committed. The interpretation of indeterminacy in the Solo for Flute is particularly inventive and persuasive. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Wai Kit Leung
MusicWeb International, April 2016

This is a provocative disc that should appeal to people interested in John Cage’s music. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, March 2016

Katrin’s flute is wonderfully played and she triumphs over some music that in lesser hands might become tedious. Compliments must also be given to her fellow ensemble mates—Tobias Liebezeit and Maxim Mankovski on vibraphones, and Chara Iacovidou and Ludovic Frochot on pianos.

In all this is a most provocative but also very pleasurable volume of early and later high modernist Cage.

Molto bravo! © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Ettore Garzia
Percorsi Musicali, February 2016

…flutist Katrin Zenz confronts solo themes and especially those for the dynamics of the flute with three or more elements. Dealing with the world of Cage is quite a risky operation for both the composer and the musician: the composer is stripped of his pretensions, the musician is used as a vehicle of translation… © 2016 Percorsi Musicali Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2016

The second disc in the complete works for flute by the American composer, John Cage, a maverick who dissociated himself from the world of musical conventions. There is no half-way house, you either love or hate his output, and traditionalists would say he never wrote works, he left that job to others to do that for him. It has more than an element of truth, as this disc would attest, as he often gave performers nothing more than a series if building blocks upon which they built a structure. It is a recipe that often results in slow moving ‘works’ replete in repetition, and devoid of melodic content. The time frame of the disc spans much of his creative life that  began in 1933, when he was twenty-one, with the short Sonata for Two Voices, and ending with the disc’s most extended work, Hymnkus. Often leaving the choice of instruments to the performers, the present disc uses the fact that we are listening to a recording that has enabled the performer to play multiple parts by overlaying recordings. I guess you should start with the previous volume (Naxos 8.559773), for there you will, at least, find a fascination in the sounds generated. In this disc I found that its repetitious nature had lost what little attraction it possesses long before it reached its midpoint. That the German flautist, Katrin Zenz, is a dedicated Cage advocate is ever apparent, and the vibraphone of Maxim Mankovski—that add the odd note here and there through the length of Hymnkus—has the best interests of Cage at heart. Recorded at two different Greek locations, the disc is built from many sessions in 2013 and 2014, the instruments being close up in rather a dry acoustic. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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