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Flutist Jan Vinci documents new and older American works in authoritative performances.

Just as a textilist weaves threads into a tapestry, a composer crafts a collage of timbres, rhythms and silence into a soundscape. Owning a fascination with creators and their art, distinguished flutist Jan Vinci has dedicated much of her career to commissioning composers and documenting their new works in performance and recordings. And, to give listeners a perspective, she has presented these works alongside classic flute literature. This cd highlights new and old works by some composers that Vinci most esteems. They are all Americans. First Prizewinner of England's International Electric Music Performance Competition and recipient of a Classical Recording Foundation Award, Jan Vinci has enjoyed an international career performing in famous venues in the U.S. and Europe. On the faculty at Skidmore, Vinci has served as president of the New York Flute Club and often presents master classes at colleges and flute festivals. This is her fourth recording for Albany Records.
Jennifer Higdon, composer
Flute Poetic
Jan Vinci, flute; Reiko Uchida, piano

Mark Vinci, composer
Crow's Nest
Jan Vinci, flute

Katherine Hoover, composer
Medieval Suite
Jan Vinci, flute; Reiko Uchida, piano

Paul Hindemith, composer
Acht Stücke
Jan Vinci, flute

Charles Tomlinson Griffes, composer
Jan Vinci, flute; Reiko Uchida, piano

Mark Vinci, composer
TINGsha Bom t-Bom t-Bom
Jan Vinci, flute; New York Dream Orchestra; Mark Vinci, conductor

"Aptly subtitled "A Tapestry of Premieres and Classics," this superbly performed disc offers up an hour's-plus worth of American music. Threeof the works on this program were commissioned by Jan Vinci…and Vinci plays most fetchingly [Hindemith Acht Stucke], imparting something of a glow of innocence onto the piece in the process. Another fairly popular piece for flutists is the Poem b Charles Griffes…Reiko Uchida is particularly sensitive both to the nuances of harmony and the shadings of her collaborator; an opeing out of harmony and texture, giving the music a more outdoor feel, makes a great impact. This is a wonderful piece, beautifully performed…The recording, by Adam Abeshouse, is phenomenal. Placement of instruments is perfectly judged, whether in chamber combination or with orchestra, as is recorded abmience. A winner of a disc." (Colin Clarke, Fanfare)
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