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Todd Gorman
American Record Guide, July 2018

This installment in the series has three duets for flute and bassoon, WoO 27 (around 1790–2), the flute duet in G (1792), and the Serenade for flute, violin, and viola (1795–6). The duets were published for clarinet and bassoon, and they are fairly large works running 13 to 15 minutes. They adapt well to the flute.

All of them—on modern instruments—have accurate intonation, a fine range of loud and soft contrast… © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Alison Melville
The WholeNote, May 2018

Much less reserve can be heard in the Duo in G Major for two flutes, played by Seo and Patrick Gallois with strongly shaped phrasing, dramatic shifts of dynamic range, and expressive use of articulation and ornament. The conversation’s saltier and the results are definitely fun! © 2018 The WholeNote Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2018

There has always been doubt cast over the authenticity of the three duos for clarinet and bassoon composed in the early 1790’s and published in Paris many years later. Totally pleasing in content and character, it is true that they could have been written by any competent kapellmeister of that era, though equally we must remember that Beethoven would have been very young at the time. Here we move one further and very large step away from authenticity, with the three works transcribed by Kazunori Seo for flute and bassoon, the lighter weight of the flute no match for the lower instrument which dominates throughout. That said Seo produces a lovely, graceful and song-like quality from his wooden flute, phrases shaped with affection, most of the movements being quite short in length. The bassoonist, Mitsuo Kodama, has spent most of his career playing in European symphony orchestras, the close microphone removing all of his dynamic nuances. The short Duo for two flutes is a gorgeous cameo, Beethoven having one flute going deep down, while the other dances around in the higher register. The real need to buy the disc comes with the Serenade for flute, violin and viola, a work in six movements and still relatively rarely performed in the concert hall. Throughout, it has a sense of dance, the music lightweight and totally devoid of angst. The performers have perfectly weighted themselves so that we have three very equal voices, often in lively conversation. Here Seo is joined by two young Japanese orchestral musicians, the violinist, Asuka Sezaki, and violist, Koichi Komine. © 2018 David’s Review Corner





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