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«Flute Mystery» Op.66b. Aside from being the album title of the Grammy-nominated SACD & Blu-ray production Flute Mystery, this is also an independent symphonic poem for flute and orchestra. It is a melodious piece; at the same time appealing and complex, with many hidden layers. The work is dedicated the flutist Sir James Galway, and had its world premiere at the Kennedy Center (Washington) in 2006, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. On the recording in question, the work is performed by Emily and Catherine Beynon and the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.
«Reminiscence» Op.70 No.2 is a tranquil piece for flute and strings, and is also available on the album Flute Mystery. This is movement No.2 from «Flute Concerto No.1» Op.70.
«Theh Goldest» Op.27 is a five-movement symphonic poem for symphony orchestra.
«Awakening» Op.70 No.4 features the rarely used instrument glass harmonica. This is movement No.4 from the «Flute Concerto No.1» Op.70.
- «Pastorale» Op.32 No.1 is an apparently bright and care-free composition which only after a while begins to worry us – this is due to the elegant use of bitonality which gives the piece a veritable Janus face. We are treated to another example of Beppe´s compositional ambiguity – one of the principal elements of his music – in a work which is open to interpretation in any direction. The home key is F, constantly "undermined" by C sharp minor and D flat major tonalities.
«Heart» Op.27 No.5 is written for tubular bells and strings. It is a free-standing element from the symphonic poem «Theh Goldest» Op. 27. It is a lyric piece and has previously been used in ballet choreography. The work had its UK premiere in 2009, performed by Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.
«Not Really Gone» Op.37 No.4 has an ethereal and delicate radiance. It is a part of the symphonic poem «About my Grandfather» Op.37 - written in memory of the composer´s grandfather who was a semi-professional athletic. Hence the titles of the movements. He often practiced athletics with his grandson.
«The Deal» Op.19 is a synthesizer and percussion work with a lot of dreamlike, melodious sequences.
«Waltz of the Queen» Op.4a is a rather modest, repetitive solo-piano piece, displaying lyrical harmonies. Additionally, this work is used in the music and art films Montagna con Forza and Vicino alla Montagna.
- Beppe's tone-poem «Warning Zero» Op.54b is another example of his ability to paint sounds with energy. The brass are responsible for an almost apocalyptic assault on the listener – there is something threatening and inevitable about the music; even in the brighter woodwind passages the music does not rest, wandering in search of lost calm.
- Flint Juventino Beppe as pictorial artist is also abundantly present in his music – «Vicino alla Montagna» Op.58 is music to a film with the same title. Beppe paints landscape panoramas with a steady, sure hand. And, from his point of view as a film maker, he seeks long lines in the artistic discourse – like Richard Strauss in his Alpensinfonie he uses the entire expressive register of the orchestra to describe the magnificent peaks in all their inward and outward facets. Unlike Strauss, however, Bepps's portrayal is darker and more stringent: we are certainly not in the Alps, rather in the weatherbeaten mountains of northern Norway where nature, not man, decides.
- Then four beams struck through the atmosphere and hit Hedmark in different places, and they manifested themselves as the «Four Elements From Hedmark».
«Remote Galaxy» Op.81 is the name of a one-movement symphonic poem, featuring rare instruments including viola da gamba, glass harmonica and tubular bells.
In this galaxy, we encounter «The Little, Strange Army» and Amanda, the Queen of Galaxy.
About the music written by Flint Juventino Beppe:– 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
- 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 Flint Juventino Beppe'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 Berg'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
- Berg's 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
- Berg's original, soulful and richly rewarding music is brilliantly performed on this ground-breaking recording.
New Classics, June 2009
- 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)
– 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