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Concert Review: Crystal clear flute work

Published on Jun 15, 2014 12:47 PM

The flute festival 1st Flute Camp Singapore, organised by The Flute Studio, opened with a recital by the Crimea-born virtuoso Denis Bouriakov, presently Principal Flautist at New York City's Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Beginning with J.S. Bach's Sonata In E minor (BWV.2013), originally for violin and harpsichord, he brought out a finely articulated performance at the Esplanade Recital Studio on June 13 with crystal-clear sonority in its four varied movements.

Whether overcoming technical exercise-like figurations, easing a singing line or enlivening dance rhythms, he exhibited a natural and unforced facility that distinguished the entire programme.

In Philippe Gaubert's Nocturne & Allegro Scherzando, he readily shifted gears, from its dreamily impressionistic prelude to a teasing elfin dance, delighting in its scampering syncopations and lightly jinking movements. This was just a foretelling of the more fearsome showpieces to come.

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