RECORDINGS

LABEL: ANDY FINDON
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NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 1:05:56
YEAR RECORDED: 2015
CD RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2016
CONDUCTOR: N/A
ORCHESTRA: N/A
CHOIR: N/A
SOPRANO: N/A
MEZZO-SOPRANO: N/A
TENOR: N/A
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DISC ONE

1. Overture 3:44
2. Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People 3:03
3. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted 3:32
4. And the Glory, The Glory of the Lord 2:42
5. And He Shall Purify 2:48
6. Oh Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion 6:59
7. For Unto Us a Child Is Born 4:28
8. Pastoral Symphony 2:54
9. He Trusted in God 2:05
10. Rejoice Greatly, Oh Daughter of Zion 4:28
11. Thou Art Gone up on High 4:33
12. How Beautiful Are the Feet of Him 5:08
13. Why Do the Nations so Furiously Rage Together 1:26
14. Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder 2:29
15. Glory to God in the Highest 2:01
16. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth 5:59
17. Let All the Angels of God Worship Him 1:31
18. Thou Shalt Break Them with a Rod of Iron 2:31
19. Hallelujah Chorus 3:35

SITE RATING:  4/10
SITE REVIEW:  I imagine that if you're a committed flautist, or love the sound of flute music, then this solo project by Andy Findon will be right up your alley.  But to me, what begins as a curiosity quickly spirals into an annoyance, and then torture.  The conceit is simple - Mr. Findon has arranged nineteen movements of Messiah for chamber flutes, and only flutes, no other instrumentation or vocals are included.  And, not willing to enlist any other flautists for the project, he has painstakingly multi-tracked all of the parts himself.  While this kind of vanity project can be interesting in the hands of a talented polyinstrumentalist, Andy  Findon's talents are sturdily capable, and doesn't rise to the level of world-class expertise needed to really bring these selections to life.  There's little in the way of dynamic change from piece to piece, and after a few short minutes, the similar timbres, square interpretations, and Findon's own set talents become monotonous in the extreme.  That's not to completely disparage the effort - I think that the arrangements themselves are quite canny for a chamber piece, and would like to hear it re-recorded with a small mixed group of instruments, but this effort is mainly hamstrung by the grating sameness of it all.


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