Karl Kaiser, Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Carl Friedrich Abel: 4 Flute Concertos (1994)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:27 | 295 MB
Genre: Classical, Baroque | Label: CPO | Catalog: 999 208-2
Abel published quite a few chamber works with flute, meeting the demand for new music by the many gentleman flutists in England. The flute concertos contained here, despite their opus number, were never published, but are found in a manuscript held in Leipzig which can be dated prior to 1759. Stylistically these works have left the Baroque far behind, with regular phrases, simple basses , broad harmonic movement. The melodies make ample use of lombardic rhythms and syncopations and the florid passaggi sparkles with triplets and scalar passages in sixteenths. Though there are occasional harmonic complications which recall Abel's background, the overall tone here is that of the Enlightenment. Who can Abel have written these works for?