Music For All Time
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A fresh, original collection of new works for flute and orchestra.

Alison Young, the flutist on this recording, writes: "Two years ago, conductor Charles Anthony Johnson approached me with the idea of producing a recording of flute concertos together. We decided to concentrate on American music, exploring new territory by locating works that had never been recorded or were currently unavailable on CD. Our decision to record the particular four works on this recording was based on the music's unique American characteristics, defined by their compelling individualism. They are products of this century, but their composers chose to use more traditional styles, utilizing familiar rhythmic patterns and tuneful melodies. It was a sad discovery for us that these exceptional pieces were not only unavailable on recordings, but had also seen little performance exposure. As I began studying and practicing, I realized that this was a great injustice to the composers themselves as well as a loss to musical audiences. The four works on this CD represent some of the finest flute music written in this country." Alison Young graduated with a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also holds a degree from the University of Southern California. Currently Principal Flute of the Houston Ballet Orchestra, she has performed and recorded as Principal Flute of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Memphis and Toledo Symphonies.
David Diamond, composer
Flute Concerto
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Charles Johnson, conductor, Alison Young, flute

Antal Dorati, composer
Night Music
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Charles Johnson, conductor, Alison Young, flute

Ernst Krenek, composer
Suite, Op. 147
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Charles Johnson, conductor, Alison Young, flute

Bernard Rogers, composer
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Charles Johnson, conductor, Alison Young, flute

"Alison Young, who has served as principal flutist for the Houston Ballet and Atlanta Symphony, has chosen for this attractive collection American flute concertos that have suffered "sad" neglect and have gone unrecorded, even though they are tuneful and engaging. The spooky eloquence of Antal Dorati's Night Music recalls the slow movements of Bartok's Piano Concerto 2 and Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste. It is a nice contrast to the brilliant, bristling playfulness of David Diamond's Flute Concerto....The most immediately appealing piece is Bernard Rogers's coolly elegant Soliloquy. Ernst Krenek's Suite is more subdued and abstract. Alison Young is a lyrical player, just right for this repertory. The Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic - yet another Czech ensemble recording American music because American Orchestras cost too much - offers colorful support, especially in the impressionist swirlings of the Dorati." (American Record Guide)
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