Flute Perspectives 3

Derek Jones

Flute Perspectives 3
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Flute Perspectives 3

Derek Jones

The third release in this series from Derek Jones, Flute Perspectives 3 continues to convey the synergy of the fascinating and varied Australian classical flute repertoire, with new works Jones has commissioned, some of them being recorded for the for the first time on this album.

In this collection are exciting new works by the very talented Tom Henry, whose compositions are becoming well known, ranging from full orchestral works to smaller chamber, and solo instrumental works. There are also new works from Canadian born Australian resident Linda Verrier, and Melbourne based Johanna Selleck’s Déjà Vu, both taking flute techniques to the edge of the flute’s limitations. Rohan Philip’s newly composed Invention V, encapsulates the isolation felt during the covid lockdowns. Rounding out the album Jones swings back to Miriam Hyde’s 1962 Sonata for flute and piano, with the very beautiful and lyrical slow movement - one of Jones' all time favourites.

Pianist Jerry Wong from the USA, and well known Australian pianist Leigh Harold join Derek on this album. It was recorded at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Ian Potter Southbank Centre between lockdowns, with just enough time to enter the building to complete this third album of Flute Perspectives in 2021.

‘I hope you enjoy listening to this album as much we did creating it!’ Derek Jones

Review

Did you know that as an Australian flute player, I am spoilt for choice for repertoire? Not only do I have the standards from France, England and beyond, but I have a plethora of works written by Australian composers of all genres. From Miriam Hyde’s classic Flute Sonata of 1962 through to Bendigo composer Rohan Phillips’ 2001 composition, Invention (V), Australian flute players have so many options. Stalwart flute player Derek Jones is well known in Melbourne circles for his work as an educator and performer and for his versatility as a musician, and he has been slowly collating these Australian flute works and recording them in this series, Flute Perspectives. We are on Volume 3 now, and it continues to extend the musical life of these pieces for all flute players.

Composer Tom Henry has always been a delight to work with, and it is wonderful to hear his Sonata for Flute and Piano, along with Linda Verrier’s Sonatine for Flute and Piano and the two works mentioned above. Sandwiched in the middle is Johanna Selleck’s Déjà Vu (1994), which takes ‘flute techniques to the edge’. This series shows the musical community what a flautist can do when presented with challenging works. And for anyone who has read my previous reviews, you will understand how much I love opportunities like this to show off our Australian composers’ capabilities. Contemporary flute music can be an acquired taste, and this album will continue to stretch your ears and expand your mind.


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