English Recorder Music

Here are the reviews from the original release on the Olympia label:

The colourful world of Matisse is matched in Edward Gregson’s quasi impressionistic orchestral version (difficult to imagine in the original piano and recorder version) – the luxurious second movement is a kind of L’apres midi, but with a more introspective faun. This set of ‘Matisse Impressions’ uses the recorder less as a soloist than as a concertante element ┬áin the overall tapestry of fauviste colour.

Colin Scott-Sutherland, Classical Music on the Web, 2000

Edward Gregson conducts his own piece, which at one point sexily adds cymbals and harp to the strings in his Matisse impression with a Baudelairean subtitle – Luxe, calme et volupte.

Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review, May 2000

Recording Details


    John Turner (recorder) Royal Ballet Sinfonia Edward Gregson (conductor)