«Awakening» Op.70 No.4 | Digging Deeper
The glass harmonica used in «Flute Concerto No.1» Op.70.
— Beppe is one of a handful of composers who are able to create the rare experience of enchanted silence in their music – Beppe's «Flute Concerto» No.1 Op.70 contains several such moments. Even though his tools are a "conventional" orchestra using "conventional" instruments, an unreal atmosphere of calm and celestial flight arises. One of the most fascinating aspects in this regard is that he does not use any minimalist or modernist devices at all; he simply allows the music and its inner qualities to speak in full. In our current age of constant hectic activity, where it is barely permitted to think a complete thought, music such as this is of the greatest importance: it gives the listener the chance to experience time as a benefit and not as a punishment.
Wolfgang Plagge, professor
— The Flute Concerto is the beautiful four-movement centerpiece plotted along the Romantic vein yet spectacularly orchestrated with harp, glass harmonica, tubular bells and organ. It opens with the dramatic and expressive "Memento" and finishes with the plaintive "Awakening". The two middle movements are intriguingly related. The restless tremolo string motive at the end of the "Reminiscence" is picked up in the opening of the "Obituary" yet the moods are a contrast of haunting lyricism and whimsical delights. Welsh-born Emily Beynon, principal flutist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam to whom the work was dedicated, does perfect justice to the piece. I find her playing most compelling in the two contrasting middle movements. The expansive solo in "Reminiscence" is like a sad solitary bird in the deep forest which turns into a carefree soul soaring above unsettling waves of destiny in "Obituary".
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«Awakening» Op.70 No.4
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Mvt. #4 from «Flute Concerto No.1» Op.70
Performed by Emily Beynon, flute & Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Glass harmonica: Alasdair Malloy.
From the Grammy nominated recording FLUTE MYSTERY (2L-058-SABD).
Dedicated to Emily Beynon. First performed in St. John's Smith Square, London, by Emily Beynon & Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.
The unique stage setup for «Flute Concerto No.1» Op.70