Wind and Brass

Karl Kohn: Complete Works for Flute
Rachel Rudich, flute

$ 31.99

Karl Kohn is represented on this impressive two-disc set by all of his solo and chamber music for flute.  Kohn writes that "my music since the early 1960’s has been firmly re-connected with the broader heritage of Western art music, either by specific and direct quotation or “parody,” or – prevailingly - by more oblique allusions to characteristics of past style."  Though he has spent seven decades working in California, the 95 year old composer writes that "I am struck how it seems to reflect, first, my Viennese musical heritage, and then my training in a neo-classical tradition."  The performances feature the American flute virtuoso, Rachel Rudich, the dedicatee of many of Kohn's works.


"Eight of the works were premiered by Rachel Rudich, who brings authority to the entire corpus in the reflection and subtle nuance of her immaculate technique. There are gems to be found at many turns: the marvellous opening of Concords; the intricate pathways of Ternaries; the mysterious four Paronyms, each for a different member of the flute family. The piano parts are of equal interest and pleasure whether played by the composer or by Gayle Blankenburg. The recordings capture the facets of sound as if they were diamonds." — Gramophone