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Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Jac Van Steen
Bryan plays with brilliance, dexterity and sensitivity. - IRR
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.
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. - AllMusic.com
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.
Katherines 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
2. Introduction et rondo capriccioso, Op. 28 10:20
3. Romance from The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a 6:16
4. Serenade No. 1 2:54
5. Romance, Op. 37 6:16
6. Caprice No. 24 5:44
7. Méditation from Thaïs 4:58
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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