New Concerto for the Contrabass flute
Lyric Concerto for Contrabass flute
With only a handful of concertos for this large up-right flute, this new work comes as a landmark. Bruce Lawrence, who sadly passed away suddenly this year, completed a beautiful lyrical concerto for the Contrabass flute and strings. Scored for string quartet with an optional double bass, the concerto, set in three movements (Allegro-Andante-Presto) is a fine piece of solo writing with a sensitive attention to the voicing of the Contrabass flute line. Bruce composed a good portion of the solo line in the flutes third octave, which explores the instrument's distinct and memorable timbre. The lyricism of the well crafted melodies, especially in the second movement, are a testiment to the musicianship of Bruce's work and sensitivity. I believe this is one of only about four Concertos for the Contrabass flute. A commercial recording should be released later this year. A must for fans of the lower sounding flutes! Sounds like a cello, but you know its a flute.