For me the Recorder is equally at home in 20th century music as it is in Early music (not to mention hundreds of thousands of elementary school children who play the recorder, mostly reluctantly I will assume) In it's original repertoire, the recorder often conjures up for me magical fairytales, alchemists, and dancing...both common and courtly. Once we reach the Baroque era those thoughts diminish mostly. Anyhow, this is a disc of joyous, prancing, lighthearted music and tunes that are easy to enjoy and crack a few smiles to along the way. Much of the music falls into the genre of "light music"...a title I have always disliked; this isn't profound music perhaps, however it's lovely music. I think if all music was terribly "serious" and profound we'd all get bored, no? The Malcolm Arnold Concertino is needless to say the superior work on this disc and, can be considered "serious music", that can be said too of the David Lyon Concertino and the Ian Parrott Prelude. Enjoy!
*I have the original Olympia disc from 2000; I only just realized that Naxos had re-issued this disc a few years ago and thus you see the Naxos image below of the back cover (as I said before I no longer have a scanner and often must find images online for some releases.) I have also included the Naxos pdf file as it is the same info as the Olympia disc..So...don't be confused ;)