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Katherine HOOVER (born 1937)
Winter Spirits Op.51 (1997)
Masks Op.56 (1998)a
Kokopeli Op.43 (1990)
Flutes sonatas by Pleyelb, J.C. Bachb, Mozartb and Abelb
Bizet (arr. Delsaux)c and Berliozc
Katherine Hoover (flute); Don Bailey (flute)c; Victoria Drake (harp)c; Scott Dunn (piano)a; Stoddard Lincoln (fortepiano)b
Recorded: 1968 (Pleyel, Abel, Mozart, J.C. Bach); Lynbrook Library, 1998 (Bizet, Berlioz); Manhattan School of Music, 2000 (Masks) and Marnie Hall, 1999 (Winter Spirits, Kokopeli)
PARNASSUS PACD 96031 [72:14]

 

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Katherine Hoover was trained as a professional flautist and leads a busy career as conductor and flautist. She is also a distinguished and prolific composer. She is by no means an exclusive flute specialist. She has also written some substantial orchestral works, some of which are recorded on Parnassus 9619. Information concerning the life and works of Katherine Hoover may be found on the www.papagenapress.com website.

The present disc features Hoover’s flute music. This is a somewhat mixed affair. Part of it is in fact the re-issue in CD format of recordings released during the LP era (SONAR SD 140). The vinyl disc coupled four flute sonatas by Pleyel, J.C. Bach, the young Mozart and Abel. Most interestingly it also includes three works by Hoover as well as two snippets from Bizet’s Carmen and from Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ respectively, the former expertly arranged for two flutes and harp. The short Berlioz excerpt was actually written for that very combination. Kokopeli Op.43 and Winter Spirits Op.51, both for solo flute, are indirectly inspired and influenced by Native American music. Masks Op.56 for flute and piano is a more substantial piece, actually a suite of several short contrasting movements. This is a beautiful piece of music, quite varied, colourful and – needless to say – most idiomatically written for the instrument.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable, superbly played disc in its own right, though some might object to the works’ disparity of styles.

Hubert Culot

 

 



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