Looking to add a little culture into your life this holiday season? If so, might we suggest picking up celebrated British flautist Katherine Bryan’s latest album, Katherine Bryan plays Flute Concertos by Christopher Rouse and Jacques Ibert. Bryan rose to prominence at a young age when she became Principal Flute of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the Spring of 2003 at the age of 21. When released in May, the album enjoyed a successful launch at National Geographic London Store in Knightsbridge preceding the release.
Consider the fact that this recital includes some of the most challenging repertoire ever written for flute, such as Ibert’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, which wasn’t performed in Britain or the USA for 15 years after it was written because of its fiendish technical challenges and you realize that this recording serves as a perfect testament to Bryan’s skills with very few flautists possessing the finesse or dexterity necessary to master these pieces. Ms. Bryan is only 31. The wealth of talent she possesses, and her dedication to her craft, to be able to play her own adaptations of master compositions from master composers so well is quite admirable. As Wildkat PR intimates to us, “each composer offers the soloist a new challenge: Martin’s wide harmonic leaps, Ibert’s complex jazz- influenced rhythms and Debussy’s ambiguous harmonies and rhythms are all expertly handled. This is Bryan’s second recital recording, her debut, Liebermann Flute Concerto and works by Hüe, Poulenc & Nielsen, received critical acclaim with Gramophone commending Katherine for bringing fantasy, delicacy and playfulness.” The album is quite captivating. It’s available for download on iTunes, as well as through Linn Records. Check out a video of Katherine playing the flute below as well as beautiful photo stills of her.
Original Compositions by: Christopher Rouse: Flute Concerto (1993), Jacques Ibert: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1933), Claude Debussy: Syrinx (1913), Frank Martin: Ballade (1939)