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Composer Flint Juventino Beppe


 



Flute Mystery
– Flint Juventino Beppe
Emily Beynon, flute 
Catherine Beynon, harp 
Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Nominated for a Grammy award in 2010
«Flute Mystery» Op.66 is dedicated to Sir James Galway
Cat. No. 2L58SABD

Remote Galaxy – Flint Juventino Beppe
Emily Beynon, flute
Mark van de Wiel, clarinet
Ralph Rousseau, viola da gamba
Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Nominated for a Grammy award in 2015
Cat. No. 2L-100-PABD | 2L-100-LP



Remote Galaxy (Philharmonia Orchestra - Vladimir Ashkenazy)

- This full force of creativity is expressed in the music through huge explosions of sound and power, alternating with moments of serene peace.
The Flutist Quarterly, Winter 2015

- This is a stunningly unusual flute concerto full of poetry, drama and intense feelings. As with the other works on this fine disc, it is brilliantly played by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. Emily Beynon is a superb soloist.
The Classical Reviewer, May 2014

- 2L´s recording - Blu-ray and accessible in 5.1 and 7.1 DTS, 2.0 LPCM and 9.1 Auro-3D - does indeed sound breathtaking.
Gramophone magazine, April 2014

- Vladimir Ashkenazy is conducting a stunning Philharmonia Orchestra, which manages to bring out the turbulent dynamics and occasional ferocity of these compositions in an outstanding manner.
Audiophile.no, February 2014

- Beppes Musik ist die Musik eines hochbegabten Autodidakten, und als solche weit entfernt von allen historisierenden Zuordnungen. Sie berührt auf verwirrende Art, entzieht sich der Kategorisierung, mischt das Anachronistische mit dem Visionären, vermeidet jede Konvention, ohne dabei prätentiös oder avantgardistisch zu werden. (...) Neben dem Philharmonia Orchestra glänzen drei Solisten auf diesem Album: Ralph Rousseau an der selten in moderner Musik gehörten Viola da Gamba, Mark van de Wiel mit seinem schlanken und präzisen Klarinettenspiel, und Emily Beynon an Beppes Lieblingsinstrument, der Flöte.
Le Forum d'Vinyl 01/14, January 2014

- The music is tonal and melodic, but derivative of absolutely no one; it's spectacular without seeming gaudy or even cinematic (although I could imagine sections from several of these pieces accompanying a yet-unborn Tim Burton film).
The Absolute Sound, January 2014

- This program of mostly 21st century music will be extremely accessible to all audiences. I got the recurring notion that a number, if not all, of the pieces in Remote Galaxy could be construed as "soundtracks" for our times. I would not be surprised to see some of them eventually turn up as bits or entire selections in future films. While I was unaware of Flint Juventius Beppe's body of work before I reviewed this disc, I will be looking forward to future works from this obviously talented composer.
Blu-rayDefinition.com January 2014

- There's a lot of music here - in both size and scope.
The Vinyl Anachronist, December 2013

Vladimir Ashkenazy, beinahe doppelt so alt wie der Komponist selbst, ist dessen Musik hörbar wichtig: Die vibrierende Energie, die der Altmeister ihr verleiht, ist sofort spürbar. – Die Klangqualität ist selbstverständlich auch bei dieser 2L-Produktion exzeptionell! (2013).
vinylkatalog.de, December 2013

- This album takes you to the unique journey of dreams and self discovery. It's a vibrant, cognitive traveling. Like a grand story unveiling with each song creating a short musical essay of its own.
MONOStereo, December 2013

- Remote Galaxy is one of the finest recordings I have ever heard! Unlike a lot of so-called demonstration material, the music matches the quality of the recording. It's an incredible artistic and technical achievement, and a disc I will return to many times in the months and years to come.
Audiophile Audition, December 2013

- Recordings ist das nicht nur gelungen, sie haben damit wohl eine der Top-Klassikproduktionen des Jahres 2013 entstehen lassen. Dass das Philharmonia Orchestra unter der Leitung von Vladimir Ashkenazy einen ganz hervorragenden Klangkörper darstellt, ist hinlänglich bekannt.
ArtPhönix vinyl, December 2013

- Flint Juventino Beppe ist ein Ausnahmekomponist, dessen Remote Galaxy – die entfernte Galaxy – ein Ausnahmedirigent mit einem der renommiertesten Orchester der Welt eingespielt hat. Die Güte ist entsprechend: Hochgradig sensibel ausgearbeitet und tonal exzellent eingefangen, macht Remote Galaxy über Kopfhörer wie über Lautsprecher viel Vergnügen, zumal die Komposition in ihrem Mix aus Harmonie und kluger Dissonanz mit Reizen nicht geizt. Ein multidimensionales Hörvergnügen.
HighResMac, December 2013


Flute Mystery (Philharmonia Orchestra - Vladimir Ashkenazy) was nominated for a Grammy 2010 in the category Best Surround Sound Album.

- Fred Jonny Berg [Flint Juventino Beppe] is a major musical discovery. It would be necessary to rewind to the 1940s and Malcolm Arnold to find an emerging composer of such exceeding promise. His compositions are confidently tonal, fluently melodious and possessed of virtually supernatural penetrative power. The flute works receive achingly beautiful, indeed enchanting, performances from Emily Beynon and the Philharmonia under Vladimir Ashkenazy (Berg conducts the other pieces). This set is recommended for any collector seeking the refined side of contemporary music.
La Scena, Canada, November, 2009

- Listening to this disc introduced the writer to the pleasant new discovery of the music of Fred Jonny Berg. This innovative Norwegian composer (born in 1973) has written prolifically for a wide range of instruments and instrumental combinations, including the flute and flute family, with compositions being dedicated and performed by such esteemed flautists as James Galway and Emily Beynon. His works are accessible yet distinctive, are largely tonal, colourful and melodic with a convincing emotional pull. The originality of his music can perhaps be linked to his wide experience in range of other areas such as film making, writing, directing and singing.
Flute Focus, April 2010

- One of the high rez albums that stood out was the Flute Mystery by Fred Jonny Berg (2L, available as a two disc SACD and Blu-ray audio-only pair), an album I learned about thanks to the members of the CANADA HiFi forum. The moment I began listening to this album it transformed my room into a sonically magical, fantasy land. The surround mix of this performance is just wonderful, with carefully chosen instruments directed to the surround channels. Rather than sounding gimmicky, this surround experience raised my enjoyment to a truly higher level. (...) This is without question the best sounding orchestral surround disc I've heard to date – a must have for classical music fans.
CANADA HIFI Magazine, March 2012

- The performances, it need hardly be said given the stature of the musicians, are impeccable. Emily Beynon is as good a flute player as has walked the earth, and she clearly enjoys playing this music. Few recordings have given me such pleasure.
PAN Magazine, September 2009

- Berg's musical paintings were brought to life by none other than the great Vladimir Ashkenazy leading the Philharmonia Orchestra. The performances match the compositions beautifully, covering the whole dynamic range from very quiet to thunderously majestic. (....) 2L has done it again. With beautiful renditions of Norwegian Fred Jonny Berg's music that have been flawlessly recorded, one can sit back and enjoy the visuals flashing by the inner eye while being surrounded by a fabulous sounding orchestra. As an avid film lover with a large number of movie scores in his CD collection, but also as a classical music aficionado and someone who appreciates well done surround recordings, I can only highly recommend this Blu-ray Audio Disc. Reference quality!
6moons, February 2010

- Music by Norwegian composer Fred Jonny Berg is featured on this CD. The impressive quality and clarity of the recording immediately stands out, portraying Beppe's expressive and rich language in the best possible way.
Flutist Quartely, Spring 2010

- The aptly named 'Flute Mystery', the work that opens this programme, has an ethereal quality and immediate appeal due to its strong melodic content and transparent orchestration (flute, harp and strings). The outstanding principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Emily Beynon, and her sister the harpist Catherine Beynon play this ravishing piece with consummate skill, while Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia's accompaniment is wonderfully refined. 
SA-CD.net, June 2009 ***** / *****

- Bergs piece alluding to the mountains is from a score he created for a film with the same title.  He depicts mountain panoramas in his own way, and rather than the alpine peaks of some romantic composers, his are the rougher peaks of northern Norway.  The Flute Concerto returns to something of the quieter and more contemplative mood of the opening piece. An impression of calm pervades the music without the use of minimalism or other modern devices. 
Audiophile Edition, June 2009 *****

- Beppe's original, soulful and richly rewarding music is brilliantly performed on this ground-breaking recording.
New Classics, June 2009

- Sebbene sia affetto dalla sindrome di Tourette e da quella di Asperger, Berg (che ultimamente ha deciso di farsi chiamare Flint Juventino Beppe, nel suo sito web spiega i motivi di questa scelta) è riuscito a realizzarsi e a esprimere la sua sensibilità attraverso la creatività musicale che rifugge gli stilemi dello sperimentalismo e della frammentazione sonora per esaltare, al contrario, una sorta di piena rivalutazione del linguaggio tonale.
CD Classico, October 2013

- Da immerhin kein geringerer als Vladimir Ashkenazy die beiden »großen« Werke, zwei im Umfang ähnliche Konzerte für Flöte und Orchester (wobei nur das zweite programmatisch diese Bezeichnung als Titel trägt, wohl weil in »Flute Mystery« die Harfe als Partnerin der Flöte auftritt) als Dirigent verantwortete, liegt der Fokus dieser Veröffentlichung vorrangig auf diesen Säulen des einstündigen Programms. Das »Flötenkonzert Nr.1« schrieb Berg 2007 für Emily Beynon und Ashkenazy – und es allein lohnt die Anschaffung dieser ersten Werkschau. Trotz der schon von den Satzbezeichnungen »Memento« oder »Obituary« angedeuteten intensiven Melancholie fasziniert an dem Werk die oftmals leise Introspektion (»Reminiscence«) und eine hingebungsvolle Verträumtheit.
Nordische Musik, October 2013

- Whilst this is instantly attractive, melodic music, if one looks under the surface one finds so much more. There are many attractive depths to this atmospheric music.
The Classical Reviewer, UK, April 2014


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- By including all three digital albums in one review, I had intended to be fairly brief but, such are the attractions of the works recorded here, I make no apology for providing a much longer blog than usual.
The Classical Reviewer, September 2014

- The world premiere of the commissioned «Four Elements from Hedmark» by Flint Juventino Beppe, was the concert's great climax. Not only had the composer created an impressive piece of music, but he also spun some intriguing yarns that enveloped the music. Or maybe it was the other way around. (...) His music is dramatic, intense, cheerful and overwhelming.
Hamar Arbeiderblad, 03.10.2011

– For Berg is a composer with a very original way of writing tonal, approachable music, using diatonic, polytonal and modal harmonies, building effective spans of tension and release, able to produce powerful, driving and energetic music (the film music Vicino alla Montagna which depicts the rugged mountains of Norway and the giddily threatening Warning Zero) as well as to conjure soundscapes of mystical calm and peace (Flute Mystery and the concerto, written for and premiered by these forces just six months ago). And all without a hint of minimalism or neo-romantic pastiche.
Records International, August 2009

– Galway formed a sinuous bond with the orchestra in the world premiere of Norwegian composer Fred Jonny Berg's "Flute Mystery," Concerto for Alto Flute and Orchestra. Berg writes music of a spare beauty. The 15-minute, one-movement piece merges cool restraint and rhythmic exactitude. Galway, to whom Berg dedicated the score, played his languid lines with sympathy and dark polish.
Washington Post, October 6, 2006) Flute Mystery op.66a

– Fred Jonny Berg has given the world yet another timeless classic piece with Flute Sonata no.1 op.40 and should be heralded for his tremendous effort and choice of musicians for this grand masterpiece! 
Gods of Music, 2001). «Flute Sonata No.1» Op.40

– The music grasps me because it is a structured piece that has an improvised feel. The music starts off in one direction that soon changes from rhythm-bound to free-track in one moment, before it restructures itself in a adagio part that sounds like random themes put together, only fooling me until I have a second listen; there is structure, one level up.

Gods of Music, 2001. «Violin Sonata No.1» Op.50

– There are several elements in this piece which makes classical music shine throughout! Not only does this music make the genre itself more exciting, but it will surely prove to electronic-only fans that classical is a genre to behold for its honesty, richness, and imaginative nature. All this, with just a piano!! It is amazing that so much emotion can be thrown into one piece of music. With all this emotion in there I find it hard to believe that a track of any kind would make any sence. But it seems that here too Fred Jonny Berg scores. He has managed to keep the structure intact, and the whole thing flows very nicely. (…) In today's world, we have with almost no exception "freedom of speech." I believe that this right is equally so for music, and if Fred Jonny Berg "has a dream" I'll be sure to listen. 
Gods of Music 2001. «People of Blue Dimension» Op.4a

– This is a fresh and individual voice, always direct in communication with the listener and yet with many surprises. I look forward to performing it in it's home territory.
Pianist Andrew Ball, 2008

– Fred Jonny Berg well understands the expressive possibilities of the flute, and writes charming and appealing music for it. He has a style of his own, which is characterised by twists and turns and sudden flashes of colour.
Flutist Judith Hall, 2008

– Fred (or Jonny, whichever he prefers) has managed to extract the freedom and flexibility from that minimalism, seeing it more as a cause for intimacy than a barrier to complexity. And by God, it works well. Listen to this whether you're into classical or not. 
Omnia Music, 2001 winner of contest. «Violin Sonata No.1» Op.50

– Following Rossini it was Norwegian composer Fred Jonny Berg's Flute Mystery that took over, receiving its world premier by the famous flutist. The young (33) autodidact from north of the Arctic Circle finished this work for flute, string orchestra, and harp before offering the dedication to Mr. Galway. Mr. Galway's acceptance is already telling about the work: melody and tunefulness are more important than wilful exploration of random sound-worlds while challenging the soloists to the very limits of his technical abilities. (Galway is said to have suggested to a composer of just such a modern piece that he pay him – Galway – for his practice time if he was to accept the dedication.)

Flute Mystery is one long lyrical, even sedate, passage that leads into a bird-fluttering, friendly-busy section (it comes across like sitting around with a somber Norwegian all night and then catching him laugh out loud, suddenly) before receding into calm. (…) 
ionarts 06.10.2006 «Flute Mystery» Op.66a

(…) The Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra offers a new way of enjoying music to classical music lovers. (…) you will not be able to get over your astonishment: Montagna con Forza is an exceptional audiovisual experience (…). Peerless landscape impressions, which perfectly complement the music, enchant the spectator of this DVD. (…) 
DigitalVD, Germany, 2004 Montagna con Forza

– "Montagna con Forza", first part of a film quatrology, offers an exceptional audiovisual experience (…). Around a beautiful lake amidst the untouched, dramatic landscape of Norway, we follow a boat on its way through the water. In the course of this journey, we will absorb the massive emotional power and the wonderful harmony of this unique landscape (…) 
Amazon, 2004 "Montagna con Forza"

– Fred Jonny Berg's music reaches into your heart and soul, and it presents you with many surprises. The music is fascinating - that is what is essential to me. It creates reactions and is appealing. I know that an increasing number will become aware of this special and talented composer.
Ari Rasilainen, Avisa Nordland, 2002

– For a long period of time and at the same time being increasingly overwhelmed, I have followed the composer Fred Jonny Berg's artistic undertakings. For fifteen years, I have known him as one of the most talented Norwegian composers of his generation. His will to innovate and be creative is quite astonishing. His multi faceted intellectual and proficient technical background have made him capable of integrating modern techniques into his art like few others have done before him — without making the music sound artificial or pretentious. He has been able to combine more conventional settings that result in highly original outcomes. He has always avoided being trapped inside the complexity of –isms; thus he is indisputably one of the most inspired and original Norwegian composers of today. Fred Jonny Berg is one of the first Norwegian composers that has fully understood how to unite motion pictures with the soundscape of classical music. Lately, he has been working on how to implement his strongly visual music into the film medium.

His first product in that respect, the DVD Montagna con Forza, is a sensation: artistically and creatively a par with the audiovisual works of Philip Glass. The music is fused into the pictures and the pictures melt into the music in such a manner that the audience feel that they take part in a life-journey, as it were. The two artistic aspects are so well brought together and form such an intense unit, that it becomes an impossible task to pick out which factor makes the stronger impression. To say the least, this piece of work represents something completely new within the field of music (…)
W. Plagge, pianist & composer, 2004.

- Berg was rewarded with extended and heartfelt ovations, and one could hear shouts of bravo […] Fred Jonny Berg's compositions need no preconceived code or explanatory introduction to gain support. The music's inner ambience is easily accessible for everyone. […] Fred Jonny Berg's symphonic poem «Theh Goldest» ends with soft harmonies. A loving and sanguine mood sneaks into the listener's soul. As the music ends one needs to inhale deeply: Beautiful! The world premiere of Berg's work was a success.

Keskisuomalainen, Finland 1998. Translation: Vesa Jäntti. After a concert with Jyvaskyla Sinfonia.

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