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Silver Bow

Katherine Bryan
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Jac Van Steen


    ‘Bryan plays with brilliance, dexterity and sensitivity.’ - IRR

    ‘Bryan certainly has complete mastery of the technical and expressive demands.’ - Gramophone

    ‘Bryan's full clear tone [is] in perfect balance with the orchestra.’ - Fanfare

    ‘She approaches a repertory intelligently and brings fresh perspectives to it.’ -
• Silver Bow sees flautist Katherine Bryan present a fresh view on some much-loved works, together with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen.

• All the works, originally written for violin, feature captivating melodies that Katherine believes were crying out to be explored from the perspective of a different instrument.

• The recording opens with Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending; this favourite from the classical repertoire is a perfect fit for flute, an instrument often used to depict birdsong.

• There are dazzling showpieces from Saint-Saëns and Sarasate plus Paganini's 24th Caprice which features flutter tongueing (Variation 5), and pop tongueing (Variation 7).

• Katherine's beautiful tone is showcased on works such as Kreisler's Liebesleid and Massenet's Meditation from Thaïs.

• All the solo violin parts have been transcribed and adapted for flute by Katherine herself.

• Katherine Bryan is a rising star having appearing as a concerto soloist with leading orchestras worldwide, including the Helsinki Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National and New York Philharmonic Orchestras.

• Katherine balances her solo career with her role as Principal Flautist with the RSNO, a position she has held since the age of 21.

• Katherine was a prize-winner at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London, the Young Concert Artists Competition in New York and was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year for three consecutive competitions.

• Katherine’s debut was nominated for an International Classical Music Award and her latest recording was named a Gramophone ‘Choice’.

Ralph Vaughan Williams
1. The Lark Ascending     15:01

Camille Saint-Saëns
2. Introduction et rondo capriccioso, Op. 28     10:20

Dmitri Shostakovich
3. Romance from The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a     6:16

František Drdla
4. Serenade No. 1     2:54

Camille Saint-Saëns
5. Romance, Op. 37     6:16

Niccolò Paganini
6. Caprice No. 24     5:44

Niccolò Paganini
7. Méditation from Thaïs     4:58

Niccolò Paganini
8. Liebesleid from Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen     3:14

Pablo de Sarasate
9. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20     8:16

Total Time     60:00

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