Albion Magazine

The term ‘English Flute’ referred, at least for much of the twentieth century, to the wooden flute (as opposed to the metal flute usually played these days), and the works on this disc were all written for this style of instrument. The record opens with the utterly delightful, lively Edward German Suite for flute and piano, in which Redgate and Dussek really make the music dance. This is followed by Redgate’s attractive arrangement of three folk songs; the slightly syncopated Green Bushes is particularly well-composed, with its strong rhythmic drive and contrasts of mood, and the final Gipsy Dance is quite virtuosic. The disc also included Head’s evocative By the River in Spring, Cooke’s Sonatina – an engaging little piece – and the York Bowen Flute Sonata . This latter is the most substantial piece on the disc, both in terms of length and content, and the lush piano accompaniment (excellently played by Dussek) is characteristic of Bowen’s romantic style. In Greek Interludes , Tavener employs old Byzantine modes, combined with folk-song melodies from different parts of Greece, to create an atmospheric, interesting, and engaging piece, while Griffith’s Danse Negre and Stainer’s Etude in D minor finish off the record beautifully. Redgate and Dussek are an excellent partnership on this disc of light, lovely music.

—Em Marshall