Michel Tirabosco

Best of Michel Tirabosco, Vol. 1: Flûte de Pan Classique

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This album by Swiss pan flutist Michel Tirabosco delivers what's promised on the cover: classical compositions played on the pan flute, not just a couple of classical pieces arranged for the novelty of it before proceeding to folk melodies. The recording apparently compiles excerpts from several earlier releases, but this is hard to determine for certain; the booklet, to the buyer's annoyance, does not seem to match the program played. It mentions several works that do not appear on the album, and ignores all of those that do. The latter case is a shame, in view of the fact that Tirabosco has unearthed some unusual repertory for his instrument, originally for flute or recorder, apparently not pan flute. These include a sonata by one G. Reid, who seems to be British military general and flutist John Reid, and the even more obscure Henry Thornowitz, who composed some recorder music in Britain in the early eighteenth century. These simple eighteenth century pieces work beautifully on a pan flute and take the listener into a charmed space. The opening sonata by Telemann and concerto by Vivaldi are less successful, pushing the pan flute beyond what it can reasonably be expected to accomplish. The program concludes with three late Romantic standards of the kind that have appeared on other pan flute albums, and whose appeal depends strictly on the listener's tolerance for sheer novelty. Harsh sound is likely to be a problem except for those who are fascinated by the pan flute, and that group is the target audience for this release.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Sonata for recorder & continuo in F major (GMM No. 1), TWV 41:F2
1 2:42
2 2:23
3 2:02
Chamber Concerto, for recorder, oboe, bassoon & continuo in G minor, RV 103
4 4:25
5 1:54
6 1:56
Sonata for flute & continuo in C major
7
3:14
8
2:34
9
2:44
10
1:45
Symphony for pan flute & organ
11
1:50
12
1:52
13
1:32
14
1:22
Flute Sonata
15
3:09
16
2:40
Orphée et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41
17 5:26
Sonata da camera for treble recorder and basso continuo in F major
18
2:29
19
1:55
20
2:27
21
1:27
22
1:39
23
1:58
24
3:13
25
2:22
26
3:20
27 2:39
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