La Folia

De Fleyt leads through three large and complex pieces requiring all types of flutes. Gehlhaar’s Grand Unified Theory of Everything is a quarter-hour for flute (alto and bass), clarinet (alto and bass), and piano. Inspired by particle physics and the universe’s creation, the trio unfolds in bursts of gentle near-minimal motion and acidic modernity. Repetition, expansion and contraction suggest cosmic motion and events. Fox’s stone.wind.rain.sun3 is for solo alto flute. Closely recorded, we hear half-breathed notes jumbled with delicate key slaps that altogether obscure a 16-part canon. The title and the sonic results suggest falling rain. Goodey’s Hohler Fels is an immensely dense concerto for flutes (bass, alto, flute, piccolo) and wind orchestra (incl. piano), taking its name from a German archaeologic discovery. Starting murkily, the flute navigates through smudged dissonant winds. Perhaps the piece suggests a time and place we will never know.

—Grant Chu Covell