MARTIN YATES (b.1958): Flute Sonata "Fire Island", Sonatina for Flute and Piano, CECILIA MCDOWALL (b.1951): The Moon Dances for Flute and Piano, Not Just a Place for Flute, Cello and Piano, DAVID HEATH (b.1956): Golden Sunset for Flute and Flute Ensemble.
Catalogue Number: 12K106
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7210
Description: Yates' sonata is a substantial three-movement piece, rhapsodic and virtuosic. Its subtitle - Fire Island (nothing to do with the barrier island off Long Island) suggests the poles of the work's character; uninhibited, even violent, virtuosity, and self-sufficient isolation. The easy-going Sonatina is more of a divertimento, without the underlying tension and unease which cast shadows over the sonata. Both works are thoroughly tonal, the sonatina more uncomplicatedly so. McDowall's The Moon Dances is an atmospheric work, which in the middle movement, a ghostly sarabande, uses the resonance of the piano to extend the sound of the flute; the outer movements are energetic, angular and spare of texture. Not Just a Place is an homage to the tango, and forms a link with the sombre Piazzolla arrangement that ends the disc. Heath's piece is for an ensemble of flutes, incorporating several members of the flute family as well as electronic delay and chorusing effects, with some suggestions of modern jazz and world music; a vivid and striking, unusual soundscape. Anna Noakes (flute), Caroline Palmer (piano), Justin Pearson (cello).