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Laurel Zucker & Sara Andon-The Complete W.F. Bach Flute Duos

Artist: Laurel Zucker & Sara Andon
Title: The Complete W.F. Bach Flute Duos
Genre: Classical
Label: Cantilena Records
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Laurel Zucker and Sara Andon combine their expertise as flautist in the realm of classical music. Both women are virtuoso performers, veterans that have performed and recorded for many years.

The Complete W.F. Bach Flute Duos is an ambitious set being that is a complete group of compositions featuring the genius of Bach. This is not new territory for either performer and that becomes rather obvious right from the start to the very end of the CD.

Laurel is brilliant with adapting her style of playing with other artists and this is yet another triumph for her. Sara is equally adept; in fact, it is very difficult to tell which artist is playing at any given moment, because they compliment each other so well. I imagine someone that has been listening to them for years would be able to pick out all the subtle nuances and varying tones; however, my ear is not trained as of yet to detect this. In the end, it did not matter to me as I enjoyed the entire recording.

Each musician has a way of taking each composition and making it their own and using their partner as a place to get answers to the call of their lovely notes that seamlessly flow out of their flutes. It is as if the ladies were pied pipers leading me into the forest of enchantment. Of course, this music is much more complex and difficult to play then some perky ditty on a woodwind; I found this to be a kind of magical frame of reference to use for my own entertainment. This is definitely a slice of heaven to be cherished and a great way to relax and appreciate one of the great master’s of music.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

November 21, 2006

Tracks:

Duo # 1
01. Allegro (4:02)
02. Larghetto (3:59)
03. Vivace (3:09)

Duo # 2
04. Allegro ma non troppo (3:29)
05.Cantabile (3:00)
06. Alla breve (1:37)
07. Gigue Allegro (2:08)

Duo #3
08. Allegro (4:59)
09. Adalgo ma non malto (4:57)
10. Presto (4:23)

Duo #4
11. Allegro e moderato (5:19)
12. Lamentabile (6:20)
13.Presto (2:27)

Duo # 5
14. Un poco Allegro (7:18)
15. Largo (6:38)
16. Vivace (3:25)

Duo #6
17. Un poco Allegro (2:32)
18. Largo (5:46)
19. Vivace (2:02)

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