By Flanders Recorder Quartet and Saskia Coolen. By Fred E. Ahlert, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Johann Hermann Schein, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Ward, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Louis Prima, Pieter Campo, and Soren Sieg. Classical. Hybrid SACD. Naxos #AE10276. Published by Naxos (NX.AE10276).
The Flanders Recorder Quartet is going to finish its career in 2018. While this news has spread quickly among the recorder aficionados and created a huge interest in their final world tour, this famous ensemble again released a unique record. This release is an anthology of five hundred years of music history in a nutshell, combining the intimate sonority of old masterpieces with a touch of jazz by contemporary composers. But in contrast to previous recordings, the quartet has chosen from the substantial pile of five-voice music that music literature has been spoiled with and invited a revered colleague to join its ranks: Saskia Coolen. This is not only a masterful overview of music history, but a fitting overview of an impressive and influential career.