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Todd Gorman
American Record Guide, November 2018

Seo’s flute playing is relaxed and entirely free to express what the music needs. At the bassoon, Kodama is slightly recessed relative to the right hand of the piano. His playing—just as free—is presented with a warm sound and low notes of delightful resonance. The piano has a bright sound, and fast notes or repeated chords yield a crystalline effect. At the keyboard, Makoto Ueno has nowhere to hide—not that he needs to! © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2018

Last March I wrote about the authenticity of much that Beethoven wrote for flute, comments that are partially true regarding this second volume of ‘Works for Flute’Indeed the composer wrote to his publisher disowning the opus 41 work that was an arrangement of his opus 25 he had composed for flute, violin and viola. What we have here—though not attributed on the disc’s back insert—is probably a version made by Franz Xavier Keinheinz. Even more doubt hangs over a Flute Sonata that was not published in his lifetime, the only manuscript that was found after his death being in some other hand. So the only piece included that is pristine Beethoven is the Trio for flute, bassoon and piano, probably written when he was emerging from his student days and not published in his lifetime. To repeat my previous review, ‘it is true that they could have been written by any competent kapellmeister of that era’, but there is still much to enjoy, particularly in the Serenade, the flute largely decorating the piano part where the weight and thrust of the work resides, and particularly likeable is the fourth movement and a finale full of vitality. The piano’s dominance continues in the Flute Sonata, the four movements owing much to Mozart in his younger years. Japanese by birth, but musically educated in Paris, Kazunori Seo is a very mellifluous flautist, his wooden flute producing a beautifully rounded tone, though it is the stylish piano playing of the American-trained pianist, Makoto Ueno, which draws my attention to the disc. The likeable sound quality comes from Seo, who is also the Producer and Editor. © 2018 David’s Review Corner





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