The Spohr Collection | Channel Classics CCS43020

The Spohr Collection


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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCS43020

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 27th March 2020



Ashley Solomon (flutes)
Reiko Ichise (viola da gamba)
David Miller (theorbo)
Julian Perkins (harpsichord)


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Trio Sonata no.1 in E flat major, BWV525

Barriere, Jean-Baptiste

Sonata a 3 no.2 in D minor

Hotteterre, Jacques

Airs et Brunettes ornez d'agremens
» Prelude - L'autre jour ma Cloris
» Prelude - Pourquoy, doux rossignol

Leclair, Jean-Marie

Sonata in G major, op.1 no.5

Locatelli, Pietro

Flute Sonatas (12), op.2
» no.1 in C major

Morel, Jacques

Chaconne en trio

Telemann, Georg Philipp

Fantasies (12) for solo flute, TWV40:2-13
» no.8 in E minor
Sonate Metodiche nos.1-12
» no.3 in E minor, TWV41:e2


Ashley Solomon (flutes)
Reiko Ichise (viola da gamba)
David Miller (theorbo)
Julian Perkins (harpsichord)


“For the last 28 years of collaboration with Channel Classics my main inspiration for recording has always been repertoire, either to convey our individual interpretation of known pieces I am passionate about or to present otherwise unknown repertoire for the very first time. This recording, however, came about through a chance encounter with a remarkable private collection of flutes, held in Frankfurt. This collection includes several hundred historical flutes, spanning the history of the instrument from one of the earliest surviving 3-piece French flutes made by Chattillion in c.1680. Many of these are baroque and other one-keyed flutes and most of them have not been used in recordings before. The collection includes some of the finest examples of playable baroque flutes anywhere in the world, and while many are fragile, extremely delicate and temperamental, there is almost nothing in life as viscerally exciting, as appealing to the intellect and to the senses, as playing on outstanding historical instruments. Thanks to the remarkable generosity of the collector I am able to present this unique recording with nine original flutes together with my colleagues from Florilegium.” – Ashley Solomon

As Director of Florilegium much of Ashley Solomon’s time is spent working and performing with Florilegium, the ensemble he co-founded in 1991. This is his fifth solo recording with Channel Classics. His recording of the complete Bach’s Flute Sonatas was voted the best overall version of these works on either modern or period flute by Gramophone Magazine (February 2017): “Solomon’s luminous tone and unfussy command of the complicated melodies conflate into something utterly beautiful. Slow movements are soulful in their infinite variety, fast ones are clever and with a wealth of invention behind them.”

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