Mark van de Wiel and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Photo: Morten Lindberg.
- «Distant Words» (a title, one suspects, where the composer has indulged in a little wordplay on "words" and "worlds"!) is, for a work scored for a homogeneous group of instruments in the chamber-music tradition, an astonishingly multi-faceted composition. The extreme range of the clarinet is given a virtuosic but at the same time restrained, almost ascetic, solo part.
Wolfgang Plagge, professor
«Distant Words»is a two-movement symphonic poem for clarinet in Bb and string orchestra by composer Flint Juventino Beppe.
- The flute solo in «Reminiscence» (the concerto's second movement) displays Beynon's world-class musicianship, with stunning tone quality and wonderfully sensitive phrasing.
The Flutist Quarterly (USA)
- Flint Juventino Beppe is one of a handful of composers who are able to create the rare experience of enchanted silence in their music – Beppe's «Flute Concerto No.1» Op.70 contains several such moments. Even though his tools are a "conventional" orchestra using "conventional" instruments, an unreal atmosphere of calm and celestial flight arises. One of the most fascinating aspects in this regard is that he does not use any minimalist or modernist devices at all; he simply allows the music and its inner qualities to speak in full. In our current age of constant hectic activity, where it is barely permitted to think a complete thought, music such as this is of the greatest importance: it gives the listener the chance to experience time as a benefit and not as a punishment. The concerto is dedicated to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's eminent flautist Emily Beynon, and it received its premier performance in London in February 2009.
Is it possible to feel the presence of a person who has passed
away? Some people say they can. What stays forever is the emotional
imprint of the joy that was once shared. The gentle legend might still
be around, and in «Not Really Gone», the last movement of «About my
Grandfather», long lines of distinctive and unusual harmonies from the
orchestra's string section, set against the backdrop of polyrhythmic
woodwinds and horns, create a celestial feeling that might suggest
that a dead person is somehow still among us.
«Not really Gone»is the fourth movement from «About my Grandfather» Op.37, dedicated to Ragnvald Jacobsen (1905-1997) by composer Flint Juventino Beppe.
- It is not often that the viola da gamba features as a solo instrument in contemporary music, and it is, perhaps, rather strange that so few composers today seem interested in the clean and delicate sound of this instrument, much loved and much used in baroque music. Flint Juventino Beppe is a musician who relishes going his own way and in «Remote Galaxy», where he takes us on a journey in sound, time and space, he chooses the viola da gamba, along with a glass harmonica, as his equipage, so to speak. In «Remote Galaxy» time has become an abstract and relative term. Since the galaxy is billions of light years away from us, we see it as it was billions of years ago; its present time is also its past time, and therefore in this context our own "now" becomes mind-bogglingly irrelevant. It is this profound philosophical standpoint, a hallmark of Beppe, that moulds a narrow, highly concentrated perception of sound – at times chillingly cold, at times red hot. Beppe's music always embodies an element of dualism, more so in this particular composition than ever before.