Concert review, Maurice Steger, Howard Griffiths / Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt @ Kursaal Bern, 2018-03-18 — Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B♭ major, K.191 (for recorder); Heberle: Recorder Concerto in G major; Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B♭ major, op.60 — plus: two exciting encores!
Listening diary post, covering recordings of recorder concerti by Antonio Vivaldi (including some related concerti for violin), played by Maurice Steger / Diego Fasolis / I Barocchisti (2 CDs, 2000 & 2014), Conrad Steinmann / Helmut Müller-Brühl / Cappella Clementina (1978), and by Giuliano Carmignola (violin) / Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca (1999) — 18 different concerti total, including 2 versions of “La Notte”, and 2 versions of “Il gardellino”.
Some media are proclaiming Maurice Steger the “world champion of the recorder”. I think this is a rather odd statement, as musical interpretation can’t be measured, remains subjective, both on the side of the artist, as well as in the listener’s perception and receptivity; however, it is certainly legitimate to state that Maurice Steger’s recorder playing is in the world’s very top league…
Handel: Sonatas for Woodwind Instruments (recorder, oboe, flauto traverso) — Michael Schneider (recorder), Camerata Köln / Frans Brüggen, Bruce Haynes, Hansjürg Lange, Anner Bylsma, Bob van Asperen / Maurice Steger (recorder), Continuo Consort, Naoki Kitaya; for comparison: Andrew Manze (violin), Richard Egarr
Recorder Music with Maurice Steger: “La Castella” (Steger, Kitaya) — for comparison (Corelli): Trio Veracini (John Holloway, David Watkin, Lars Ulrik Mortensen), Stefano Montanari, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina; “Telemann: Solos & Trios” (Steger, Kitaya)
Recorder Music, Early Recordings with Maurice Steger: “An Italian Ground” (Steger, Kitaya) — for comparison: Icarus Ensemble, Pieter-Jan Belder, Andreas Staier, Ottavio Dantone, Yuja Wang); “An English Collection” (Steger, Kitaya)