18 May 2019

Alex TAYLOR: Flute Concerto

From Music Alive, 9:31 pm on 18 May 2019

"For me, the defining characteristics of the flute are its fluidity and its limpidity. Both still and in motion, it is like clear water, pellucid." ~ Alex Taylor

The world première performed by Abigail Sperling with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra conducted by Peter Scholes.

Abigail Sperling

Abigail Sperling Photo: Abigail Sperling

The work was commissioned by Abigail Sperling with funding from Creative New Zealand.

Alex Taylor writes:

"For me, the defining characteristics of the flute are its fluidity and its limpidity. Both still and in motion, it is like clear water, pellucid.

Although there is no 'programme' to the concerto, a useful metaphor might be the properties and behaviour of a liquid: curving at the surface, rarely truly still, viscous or free-flowing, sometimes threatening to evaporate."

Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor Photo: Priscilla Northe

There are three movements:

  • Fantasia. Dark, glinting
  • Gigue. Fast and angular
  • Sarabande. Gently circling

American flutist, Abigail Sperling is based in Oregon, where she is Professor of Flute at Linfield College in McMinnville.

She received her doctorate in 2016 from the University of Auckland, studying with Uwe Grodd.

Recorded by RNZ Concert in Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Auckland, 25 November 2018
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay

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