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Sollberger

Kummer

Fireflies

Hummel

Czech-Inspired

Crystal to Gold
Crystal to Gold

Vintage Viennese
VintageViennese

Czech Chamber Music
Czech Chamber Music

Guiliani, Hummel et al
Giuliani, Hummel et al

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home


Spillville & Gilead
Chamber Music by Harvey Sollberger



Fleur De Son Classics
FDS # 58016
Release date: October, 2012

Jan Boland, flute • John Dowdall, guitar • Anthony Devroye, viola
•Miera Kim, violin •
Nancy McFarland Gaub, violin, • Lisa Ponton, viola, • Carey Bostian, cello


Available at amazon.com


Repertoire:

Spillville for flute, viola and guitar (2006)
(22:56)

Far from Home
Serenade #1: Dobru Noc, Ma Mila (Sleep, my Love)
It is Very Strange Here
Serenade #2:
Dudacka Polka and Czaldy Waldy
Dvorak and the Scarlet Tanager / his "damn bird"
Serenade #3: Tece Voda Tece (Flow Waters, Flow)
Hasty Retreat



Harvey Sollberger

Perhaps Gilead for flute, guitar and string quartet (2010)
(33:02)

Constructing a Horizon: Prairie Sunset and Moonrise
The Armed Man
Fantasy-Potpourri: Sunday Afternoon Music at Reverend Boughton's

Harvey Sollberger  


Reviews:

"The two pieces (Spillville and Perhaps Gilead) relate well to each other, both in subject matter and sonance, and are well played by the Red Cedar musicians. This is music of high local color with a singleness of intent that shows originality and great evocative power. The two works stand together as very agreeable examples of a thoroughgoing post-modernism that Charles Ives would certainly recognize and appreciate. I think you will too."
Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review (October, 2012)

"The performances are expert, fluent and expressive. The sound, recorded at idyllic Cornell College is honest and pure. When Harvey Sollberger retired to his native Iowa, he tempered his arsenal of sophisticated compositional resources with fond and haunted reminiscences reflecting the contours of the state's rich and yet starkly dramatic cultural landscape. Spillville was inspired by Dvorak's American Quartet, written in the summer of 1893 when the composer lived in the tiny Iowa town. The familiar tunes serve as unifying devices which turn out to be as coincidental as famous themes can be, so that what starts out as an apparent pastiche elevates its intentions by deconstructing in a variety of unexpected ways and gorgeous timbres. Sollberger has not apprehended Dvorak, he has embraced and extended him, like his transformation of the familiar double-stopped violin solo in the last movement of the Quartet into something which shines briefly with a Midwestern farmer/cowboy harmonic flavour." Laurence Vittes, Gramophone (February, 2013)

"A captivating CD. Spillville draws directly upon Dvorak's String Quartet. The entire work is an inviting mixture of textures, from soaring lyrical lines to strongly articulated passages that require excellent chamber music playing and communication among group members. Boland and Dowdall, along with violist Anthony Devroye, are clearly collaborators of the highest caliber, who remarkably match articulation and style whole playing three instruments with completely disparate means of sound production. Boland's flute sound is sweet and slightly woody, with excellent intonation and expressive lyicism." The listenable music is played well and will provide captivating pieces on chamber music concerts in the coming years." Rebecca Johnson, The Flutist Quarterly (Summer, 2013)

"This is yet another significantly historic and artful contribution to the discography of virtuoso players, Red Cedar Chamber Music." hbdirect.com (2012)

"The music on this disc reveals a wonderful sense of Midwest America. . . it would be pleasing to see similar ensembles in the UK including this music in their repertoire." Lisa Nelson, British Flute Society Journal(2013)

Gaspard Kummer:
Chamber Music for flute, guitar and strings


on period instruments

Fleur De Son Classics
FDS # 58008
Release date: April, 2011

Jan Boland, flute • John Dowdall, guitar • David Miller, viola
• Douglas Worthen, flute • Loretta O'Sullivan, cello

Performed on period instruments.
Available at amazon.com

The Repertoire:

Quintetto Op.75 for two flutes, viola, guitar and cello

Allegretto non tanto (7:49)
Andante poco Adagio (3:41)
Minuetto (2:31)
Allegretto con moto
(5:21)


Gaspard Kummer

Serenade Op. 83 for flute, viola and guitar
for flute, viola and guitar (21:51)

Allegro (7:22)
Minuetto poco Allegro (2:54)
Poco Adagio / Theme & Variations (11:35)

Gaspard Kummer

Divertimento Op. 92 No. 2
for 2 flutes and guitar (6:49)

Gaspard Kummer

Serenade Op. 81 for flute, viola and guitar
for flute, viola and guitar (16:22)

Allegro non tanto (5:29)
Adagio non tanto (3:44)
Minuetto poco Allegretto (2:25)
Rondo Allegretto (4:44)

Gaspard Kummer


Reviews:

"Red Cedar Chamber Music is a fine collection of players of period nineteenth-century instruments who performed so successfully at the British Flute Society convention this summer. These excellent players produce gorgeous sounds and play this delightful music with elegance, affection and great musicality."
Robert Bigio, Flute (The British Flute Society) (December, 2010)

"played with conviction and eloquence."
Bart Schmittmann, Fluit (The Netherlands Flute Society) (Vol. 4, 2010)

"This is a performance on period instrumenets. The playing is excellent, and the tone qualities are charming. The intonation is spot on, and so is all the technique. Flutists Jan Boland and Douglas Worthen carry this program, playing as one. Superb notes by guitarist John Dowdall and Boland trace the players' history with this music to discoveries at the Library of Congress."
Gorman, American Record Guide (2011)

 

Fireflies
Chamber Music by Andrew Earle Simpson


Fleur De Son Classics
FDS # 57985
Release date: January 2009

Jan Boland, flute • John Dowdall, guitar • David Miller, viola


Available at amazon.com


The Repertoire:

Fireflies: A Folk Set for Flute and Guitar (2006-2008) (28:00)

In the Sunflower Patch (3:14)
Intake Manifold (5:29)
Stars in My Crown (5:34)
Sun on the River (3:16)
Hallelujah! I’m a Bum (4:52)
Sweet By and By (5:12)

Andrew Earle Simpson

Tesserae: Six Mosaics of Ancient Rome
for flute, viola and guitar (2003-04) (15:40)

The Emperor Caracalla – Geta, the Youth (5:07)
The Syrian Woman (5:07)
Banqueting Music – Funeral March and Oration –
Coda: Apotheosis (5:19)

Andrew Earle Simpson 

American Gothic Suite: Theme and Variations
on Grant Wood's Painting

for flute, viola and guitar (2004-2005) (14:07)

Prologue: front door – Theme and Variation I: a farmer
and his wife (3:54)
Interlude: a lily (:33)
Variation II: a farmer and his daughter (3:26)
Interlude: another lily (1:03)
Variation III: your dentist and your sister – Epilogue: back door (4:55)
 

Andrew Earle Simpson 


Reviews:

"The Red Cedar Trio plays this music with elegance and impeccable skill. All three musicians
have a warm, rich tone that never has even a hint of edge—a refreshing change of
pace when so many musicians, flutists especially, seem to enjoy blasting away all the time.
This is my second encounter with this ensemble (Nov/Dec 2005), and I enjoyed it just as
much. I hope they continue to foster and perform such interesting music."
Christopher L. Chaffee, American Record Guide (July, 2009)


"Red Cedar Chamber Music has a reputation for creating and promoting quality new works,
and the music on this CD is no exception. All three of these works could easily become standard
repertoire pieces, and they are presented in the best possible way through the very high standards
of performance and production of this CD." Carla Rees, The Flutist Quartetly (Summer, 2010)

"There are three inspired, colourful, beguiling sets of pieces on this CD. The performances are vibrant and full-blooded, capable of ironic humour as well as exuberance and melancholy, as ths unusual music demands." Alison Ulren, Pan –the Flute Magazine (June 2009)

"The Red Cedar Chamber Music enterprise has released a number of valuable CDs under the artistic direction of guitarist John Dowdall. Configured here as the Red Cedar Trio, Dowdall is joined by Jan Boland on flute and David Miller on viola. All of the payers are first rate and perform as a perfectly refined ensemble, but the playing of violist Miller is quite remarkable, his tone is crisp and precise, devoid of the tubby sound which in lesser hands can afflict the instrument. ...the disc is very much to be recommended for the other two works. Recorded sound is very good. Albert Kunze, Soundboard, (Vol 36, no. 3, 2010)

"Fireflies” flits and darts between genres and centuries, lighting the way for listeners to experience old themes in vibrant, new surroundings. This Red Cedar Trio recording features innovative and imaginative music by Andrew Earle Simpson of Washington, D.C., played with obvious delight by Marion musicians Jan Boland on flute and John Dowdall on guitar, joined by David Miller of Lawrenceville, N.J., on viola."
Diana Nolen, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) (September, 2009)


Hummel cover artJohann Nepomuk Hummel
Music at Schonbrunn


on period instruments

Fleur De Son Classics
FDS # 57983
Release date: July 2007

Jan Boland, flute • John Dowdall, guitar • Theresa Bogard, fortepiano
• Timothy Shiu, violin • Loretta O'Sullivan, cello

Performed on period instruments.
Available at amazon.com

The Repertoire:

Grande Serenade Op. 66
for fortepiano, guitar, violin, flute and cello.
[listen]

 

Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Trio Op. 78
for flute, cello and fortepiano
Introduction (Cantabile)
Theme & Variations
[listen]
 

Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Potpourri Op. 53 for guitar and fortepiano
Un poco larghetto
Andante grazioso
Allegro anime
Adagio cantabile
Tempo di Valze
[listen]
 

Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Grande Serenade Op. 63
for fortepiano, guitar, violin, flute and cello

Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Reviews:

"As always, flutist Boland’s sure technique and sweet tone are perfection itself, and her pure intonation on the wooden 11-keyed “simple system” flute of the time is just remarkable. She makes her musical expression with a subtilty of dynamics and shading of tone; she does not need the cloying and continuous vibrato used today to gain the audience’s attention. The color and clarity of the higher tuning of the terz guitar gives Dowdall’s tone a quiet yet balanced brilliance that matches the fortepiano nicely and is never lost in the thicker textures. Throughout, fortepianist Bogard holds the works firmly together with great rhythmic vitality, a steadying hand, and flowing and well-directed melodic lines. All the members of the ensemble have grand technique and a cantabile style that allows the listener to sit back and bask in this sunny and romantic performance." Jerrold Pritchard, The Flute Network (January, 2008)

"Red Cedar Chamber Music, led by its core duo of flutist, Jan Boland and guitarist, John Dowdall, sound almost as if they are dancing as they play this charming and impressive music, particularly on their delightful rendition of the Potpourri, and Boland is particularly to be noted for her ability to wrestle sweet and beautifully in-tune sounds from the rather difficult nineteenth-century flute. Very highly recommended." Music Library Association Notes (June, 2008)

"…outstanding presentation. The musicians masterfully perform the Grande Serenade en Potpourri on authentic period instruments, achieving an unusual texture not found in many recordings of music of this era." Kimberlee Goodman, The Flutist Quarterly (Spring, 2009)

"…superb recording. The music is light and eminently entertaining. The recording is exceptional, with great depth and breadth. The notes are also exceptionally fine." Bauman, American Record Guide (March/April, 2008)

"The most attractive feature of the disc is the set of authetic instruments used, especially the rather mournfuly warm wooden flute of Jan Boland; the Iowa ensemble Red Cedar Chamber Music plays accurately and enthusiastically throughout." James Manheim, All Music Guide

"The performances by Red Cedar Chamber Music are, in a purely technical sense, polished and effective." Zeichner, Early Music America (Spring, 2008)

"The members of the Red Cedar Chamber Music group make a very convincing display of their focus on early nineteenth-century performing style.The playing of the ensemble is immaculate, with balance, phrasing and dynamics all occupying top priority. These factors alone ensure that this disc makes delightful listening and a fascinating glimpse into the sound-world of turn-of-the-eighteenth-century Vienna. The group's flutist, Jan Boland, holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Iowa.Her mastery of the eleven-keyed flute is impressive. It has a sound-chracter quite different from that of the modern Boehm flute, but one that seems to be prerfectly fitted to the musical needs of its time. She brings to it a broad dynaic range and an excellent control of intonation.This group certainly derserves to have a secure future.They make the most of Hummel's delicious sonorities and also of the opportunities for solo display in the many variation movements. Whether you plan to use it for background (or even foreground) music, I urge you to buy the disc. Richard Stagg, Pan–the Flute Magazine, (June, 2009).

"(Hummel is) brilliantly performed on this CD by Red Cedar Chamber Music on period instruments. The performance of Seibelt's La Tempesta di Mare (in the middle of the Grand Serenade Op. 66 no.2) on the fortepiano by Theresa Bogard is just stunning." Alison Uren, Pan–the Flute Magazine (March, 2008)


Czech-InspiredCzech-Inspired

Fleur De Son Classics
FDS # 57974
Release date: March 14, 2006

Jan Boland, flute • John Dowdall, guitar • David Miller, viola

Available at amazon.com


In February 2007, the Red Cedar Trio was featured on Classical Guitar Alive, a syndicated program of National Public Radio, on a program titled “Rising Stars.” Spillville Variations was featured. Hear the radio broadcast.

The Repertoire:

Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvorak
by composers Hamlin, Gullickson, Bloesch, Owen,
Chenette, Dockendorff, Smith, Sollberger, Daugherty,
Nassif, Chamberlain, Gilbertson, Rush, Knight

Track 1: Spillville Variations Theme [listen]
Track 3: Peter Hamlin [listen]
Track 7: Tracey Rush "Side Trip to Postville" [listen]
Track 13: Harvey Sollberger "Dvorák and the Scarlet Tanager" [listen]
 
group commission

Gypsy Variations
Czardas: The Dancers
Nota: The Lovers
Verbunkos: The Virtuosos

Track 16: Czàrdàs: The Dancers [listen]
Track 17: Nota: The Lovers [listen]
 

Jerry M. Owen

Trio Concertant Over Czech Folk Songs
Fantasy on "Whither Little Path"
Serenade on "I Shall Buy a Black Horse"
Scherzo on "Bagpipes Playing in the Village"
"March on "Pique," "The Musicians" and "The Beggar"
 

Jerry M. Owen

Humoresque
[listen]

Antonin Dvorak

Reviews:

"Spillville Variations is a group-commissioning project almost dazzling in its simplicity. This project has obviously struck a rich compositional vein. The composers gathered here rise to the occasion and do justice to both their honoree [Dvorak] and their performers. One could hardly imagine, in fact, a collection that keeps its ensemble close while putting them through such a full range of maneuvres. From beginning to end, this collection teases the ear but delivers the kind of musical pay-off that all light music should strive for."
Ken Smith, Gramophone, London (2006)

"This the fourth CD released by the Red Cedar Trio (Jan Boland, flute, David Miller, viola, and John Dowdall, guitar) and their ensemble playing and the fresh literature they play just gets better and better. Throughout the entire CD Boland's flute tone is clear, sweet, and lyrical; her deft shadings of color and nuance, and her eloquent phrase endings bring out the full potential of her wooden head joint made by master craftsman Chris Abell. I cannot leave this review without commenting on the warm tone, impeccable intonation, and sure technique of violist David Miller. He balances and blends the sound of the flute and guitar so sympathetically and musically that the ensemble melds into an integrated whole. We would that all chamber music was played so sensitively and exquisitely. Prominent and dashing guitar solos reveal John Dowdalls' virtuosic technique through the characteristic and brilliant figurations."
Jerrold Pritchard, The Flute Network (2006)

"For Spillville Variations, the Trio selected a theme from Dvorak's American String Quartet in F Major, and commissioned 15 composers each to write one variation. The result is a delightful collage, or one might say collision, of diverse musical styles and inspirations, from serious contemporary music, through blues, soft jazz, Klezmer, and, if I'm not mistaken, heavy-metal rock, all beautifully played by world-class musicians. Like the ingredients of your favorite Thai dish, it might sound like a strange combination, but it really works!"
Peter Nothnagle, Peter's Picks (November, 2007)

Red Cedar Collection Three Guys Named Mo

Fleur De Son Classics
FDS #57969

on period instruments
Released: April 2005

Jan Boland, flute • John Dowdall, guitar • David Miller, viola

Available at amazon.com

The instruments:
Flute: by Johann Joseph Ziegler, Vienna c. 1830. 10 keys.
Viola: unsigned Tyrolian instrument from the early 19th century.
Guitar: by Felix Manzanero.

The Repertoire:

Trio Concertant Op. 6

Track 1: Adagio - Allegro [listen]
Track 3: Polonaise: Moderato [listen]
 

Simon Molitor
Grand Trio Concertant Op. 30
Francesco Molino

The Magic Flute
The Bird Catcher, Within These Holy Bounds,
A Girl or a Wife?, With Men Who Feel Love,
March, Such a Delicate Flute Tone

Track 8: The Bird Catcher [listen]

W. A. Mozart


Reviews:

"The Red Cedar Trio plays this music with elegance and ease, never overplaying. They achieve a wonderful balance as an ensemble. As the melodies bounce around between instruments, each comes to the forefront with clean, graceful sound. If you want music that will make you smile, find this disc."
Christopher L. Chaffee, American Record Guide (2005)

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Jerrold Pritchard, The Flute Network (2005)



Red Cedar Collection The Red Cedar Collection
American Music for Flute & Guitar

Fleur De Son Classics. FDS 57960
Release date: June 2003

Jan Boland, flute & John Dowdall, guitar

Available at amazon.com

The Repertoire:

Hidden Tango [listen]
Jerry Owen
Fast Track [listen] Jonathan Chenette
Caprice [listen] Katherine Hoover
Caution to the Wind: get over it
[listen]
Gary Schocker
River Bend [listen] John Thow
Dear Departed [listen] Robert Lindsey Nassif
El Coco (The Bogeyman)
[listen]
David Leisner
Blue Third Pieces Libby Larsen
Fish are Jumping Robert Dick
Blues for Felix Charlie Byrd
Swing '59 Charlie Byrd
Spanish Guitar Blues Charlie Byrd
Summertime [listen] George Gershwin
Prelude II George Gershwin
Captain Bartlett Blues Lyle Dockendorff

Reviews:

"The second part of this disc can be accurately described as cool. It is all blues-inspired classical music for the duet, solo flute and solo guitar. Jethro Tull eat your heart out when it comes to the solo flute blues piece Fish are Jumping by Robert Dick. Boland's playing gives a cool rhythmic groove with fantastic articulation and bends, and I love the train like harmonics. This piece just sounds like it is a lot of fun to play. In the guitar solo pieces, Dowdall gets a chilled back feel going during his solo pieces of Charlie Byrd. Based on 12 bar patterns he shows off a few cool licks in between a rhythmic blues vamp. I have very much enjoyed this CD. The playing is excellent and expressive. The sound quality is clear and well balanced between the instruments. Both players are tight together with the ensemble and their interpretations are outstanding." John Couch for indie-cds.com, Australia (2006)

"The playing and interpretations by Boland and Dowdall are just stunning in their richness, clarity, expressiveness, and ensemble. The overall effect is the kind of brilliance and diversity that holds the listener in thrall."
Jerrold Pritchard, The Flute Network (2004)

"A new recording by flutist Jan Boland and guitarist John Dowdall of Red Cedar Chamber Music is as inspired as the idea that sparked it. Boland's flute billows like fabric in the wind, with Dowdall's guitar punctuating her lyrical lines. In Caution to the Wind (get over it), New York composer Gary Schocker gives breathless and lilting intepretation to Malvina Hoffman's "Baccanale Frieze."
Rebecca Lindwall, The Gazette(2003)

"First-rate music in lovely performances recorded to perfection. ...the pairing of guitar and flute gets a fine airing. The duo really can swing. Something of a surprise is the transcription of "Summertime," which builds to quite a powerful climax, suggesting there is power and depth to be had here that the other music does not tap for some reason."
John Story, Fanfare (May/June 2004)

"I love the recording and recommend it to all...."
Flute Talk (October, 2003)

"Excellent ensemble. Both Boland and Dowdall have a warm, pure tone."
Johnson, American Record Guide (March/April, 2004)

"This interesting CD grew out of an innovative commissioning project. The results form the first half of the disc and, while all contemporary in sound, feature a range of styles and influences, from modal, improvisatory pieces to Copland-inspired works. The playing throughout the CD is of a high quality, with a natural sense of ensemble, and, all-in-all, it makes for an enjoyable listen. I'll be hunting out the relevant sheet music (and artwork) in due course." Elizabeth Green, Pan (March 2004)


VintageViennese Vintage Viennese
Beethoven & Matiegka
on period instruments

Fleur De Son Classics. FDS 57945

Release date: 2000

Jan Boland, flute
David Miller, viola
John Dowdall, guitar

Available at amazon.com

The Repertoire:

Grand Trio

Track 1: Allegro Moderato [listen]

Wenceslaus Matiegka
(1773-1830)

Serenade Op.8

Track 9: Adagio/Allegro Scherzo [listen]

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Reviews:

"Elegant, charming and beautiful are a few terms that could be used to describe this disc. A terrific recording in terms of musical pleasure and performing excellence. The overall sonority...is simply lovely. The performers are obviously totally committed artistically...their ensemble skills are excellent, and their attention to detail is exemplary. The sense of jocularity from all three players in both works is refreshing."
Stephen Waechter, The Guitar Foundation of America Soundboard, Summer 2001

"The first impression on hearing this disc is of a mellow and appealing tone-quality and well-balanced texture. The playing is always beautifully phrased and technically flawless -- the intonation problems that beset so many exponents of period instruments are wholly absent here."
Brenda Dykes, Pan Magazine (London), December 2002

"All three performers are top rate; this is an instructive and imaginatively programmed CD."
John Sunier, Audiophile Audition, January 2001

"...music that should please most listeners with its playfulness. Boland's flute, in particular, has a wistful character. This CD will appeal to...anyone who enjoys the small pleasures afforded by chamber music."
Raymond Tuttle. Review Index, 2001

"A sublime repast. This recording is a plum. Courtly, playful, and plaintive. The superior musicianship of this trio is no surprise."
Rebecca Lindwall, The Gazette(2001)

"Elegant. Impeccable historical style...will draw the listener into the intimate ambiance and mood they create. The recording is exceptional in clarity and presence. The pieces are at once charming and profound."
Jerrold Pritchard, The Flute Network (2001)

"The ear is constantly charmed. Idiomatic flair and affectionate warmth. Interesting performances, and a brace of distinctive, engaging chamber works. Excellent and enterprising ensemble. A keen-edged and diligent performance."
Michael Jameson, Fanfare (May/June 2001)




Crystal to GoldCrystal to Gold
Precious Flutes and Guitars
from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fleur De Son Classics. FDS 57932
Release date: 1999

Jan Boland, flute
Amy Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar

Available at amazon.com

Crystal to Gold! Recorded for the first time! Rare flutes and guitars from the Musical Instrument Division of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Read more about the project and the instruments.

Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art for this Project:

FLUTES

  1. Glass flutes by Claude Laurent, Paris, 1813.
  2. Boxwood flute by Firth Hall & Pond. New York, 19th-century.
  3. Wood & gold flute by Jean-Louis Tulou, Paris, ca. 1852.
GUITARS
  1. Guitar by Christian Frederick Martin, Nazareth, PA, 19th-century.
  2. Guitar by Mauchant freres, France, mid-19th-century.
  3. Guitar by Rene Lacote, Paris, ca. 1825.


The Repertoire:

TAMBOURIN
[listen]
 
Franšois Joseph Gossec
(1784-1829)
INTRODUCTION & VARIATIONS ON A
THEME BY G. ROSSINI OP. 55
Jean Louis Tulou
(1786-1865)
arr. Dowdall & Boland
MUSIC FOR FLUTE CLOCK
March, Andante & Allegro
(for two crystal flutes & guitar)
 
Franz Joseph Haydn
(1732-1809)
arr. Boland
THREE SONGS
Little Ella
Old Memories
Maggie by My Side [listen]
 
Stephen Collins Foster
(1826-1864)
arr. Boland & Dowdall
ETUDE OP. 60, NO. 6
ETUDE OP. 60, NO. 7 [L─NDLER]
RONDEAU OP. 48, NO. 6
 
Fernando Sor
(1778-1839)
GIACOMO MEYERBEER'S LE PROPH╔TE, OP. 321 Josef KŘffner
(1776-1856)
S╔R╔NADE NO. 4 IN G MAJOR Pierre-Joseph Plouvier
(d. 1826)
ORIGINAL T─NZE Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)
Reviews:

"I have long been a fan of Jan Boland's elegant musicianship, and it is here in evidence in every notes she plays. She and the excellent guitarist John Dowdall have used a collection of instruments from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jan Boland is joined by her daughter Amy in some Haydn duets played on a pair of crystal flutes by the remarkable Parisian maker Claude Laurent. These beautiful instruments must have cost a sizeable fortune, and they sound remarkably good, too. It would have been easy for a recording like this to be gimmicky, but the performances are excellent and the music is a joy to listen to, and that's surely all we want." Robert Bigio, Pan –the Flute Magazine (2000)

"Rare 'Gold' Shines. Boland & Dowdall have a wonderful knack for leading listeners down the path not taken, and rewarding them with rare riches from the past. The clarity of the recording, not to mention the quality of the performing, is excellent. My favorite selection is the joyful opening dance, 'Tambourin.' It grabbed me every time I pushed play."
Rebecca Lindwall, The Gazette(1999)

"The Bolands handle the flute with remarkable control and finesse, making some highy expressive music in the process. Dowdall's facile guitar work offers both sensitive accompaniments and a gentle haunting sound. The vocal quality of these flutes is quite striking, particularly in such selections as the Foster melodies."
Schmidt, American Record Guide (September/October, 1999)

"very expressive. Played with warmth and intimacy."
Mia Dreese, FLUIT (Amsterdam) (Fall, 2000)

"Flutists and guitarists who are interested in original instruments will doubtless find this release essential."
John W. Lambert, Fanfare (September/October, 1999)

"As I write I am enraptured listening to list member Jan Boland's new CD "Crystal to Gold". The performances on this CD include mostly unfamiliar 18th &19th C. music (to me at least) played on early to mid-19thC flutes on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jan has a real affinity for the music and instruments and plays with sensitivity and musicality of the highest order. What little (finger?) vibrato is employed is used an an ornament. The beauty and focus of her tone belies any claim that constant
vibrato is needed or appropriate for this music. Crystal to Gold joins a small but distinguished set of recordings of period flutes. There are a few CDs by Rachel Brown and Konrad Hunteler of 19th C music on 19th C instruments, but Jan's choice of music and instruments is unique.
David Dahl, Flutelist (1999) 



Czech Chamber MusicCzech Chamber Music
by W. Matiegka

on period instruments

Fleur De Son Classics FDS 57927

Critics' Choice 1998
American Record Guide

Jan Boland, 19th-c flute by Koch
David Miller, 19th-c Tyrolian viola
John Dowdall, 19th-c German guitar

Available at amazon.com

The Repertoire:
SERENADE OP. 26
Adagio di molto / Allegro moderato
Scherzo [listen]
Rondo

 
Wenceslaus Matiegka
(1773-1830)
NOCTURNE, OP. 21
Moderato
Menuet [listen]
Lento e Patetico [listen]
Zingara
Tema con variazioni [listen]
Wenceslaus Matiegka

Wenceslaus Matiegka (1773-1830), like other musicians of his generation, was drawn to Vienna by the brilliance of its cultural heritage and its vibrant artistic life. When Matiegka arrived in Vienna from his native Czechoslovakia in 1800, the musical genius of Mozart and Beethoven was already firmly woven into the city's cultural fabric. For Matiegka to have any musical impact in this rarefied artistic atmosphere where virtuosic brilliance was expected and genius was not uncommon, he had to possess considerable talents as both a performer and a composer.

Reviews:

"The players on this disc give every impression of enjoying themselves hugely and their enjoyment shines out from every note. Jan Boland uses a flute of about 1820 made by the Viennese Stephan Koch, and the two string players use period instruments as well. The playing is excellent. No allowance needs to be made for the early flute, which is exactly as it should be. Jan Boland makes a beautiful sound on her old flute, free of affectation and of the overwhelming vibrato that spoils so many performances by modern flute players. This is some of the most enjoyable music-making to have graced my home in a long time. Delicious!" Robert Bigio, Pan–the Flute Magazine (December 1998)

"Matiegka's music is a delightful addition to any classical music collection, rendered thoughtfully and beautifully on period instruments by Jan Boland, David Miller and John Dowdall."
Oonah Sherrard, indie-cds.com (2006)


"One of the most enchanting discs I have heard in a while. Chamber music should be just like this—intimate, bonding and conversational."
American Record Guide (Nov./Dec. 1998)

"What a treat. The CD sings with crisp, engaging melodies that stay in one's mind long after they are heard."
Rebecca Lindwall, The Gazette (1998)

"The performers have placed considerable and appropriate emphasis on historically informed techniques. Their playing leads to an entirely satisfying balance and causes me to recommend this record to a collector seeking to enjoy undemanding but unusual late-Classical repertoire. Sound quality is first class, too."
John Hayard-Warbutron, Music & Vision (April, 1999)



"Intimate parlor music, warm and friendly, inventive enough to engage the careful listener, but also free of jarring or intrusive noises. .. excellent performances."
Robert McColley, Fanfare (1998)





Giuliani, Hummel, et al. Giuliani, Hummel, et al.
A Potpourri of 19th-Century Salon Music
on period instruments

"Best Disc of the Month" (June 1988)
Alte Musik Aktuell, Regensburg, Germany

Titanic Records: Ti 161

Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar

Available from Boland & Dowdall. Call 319/377-8028.

The instruments:
Flute: by Stephan Koch, Vienna c. 1820. 11 keys. by Clair Godfroy, Paris c. 1830. 8 keys. Guitar: anonymous German maker, 19th century. Gut-strung. 62cm scale. by Louis Panormo, London 1823.

The Repertoire:
POTPOURRI DE L'OPERA
LES HUGUENOTS
arr. F.W. Arnold
 
Giacomo Meyerbeer
(1791-1864)
GRAN DUETTO CONCERTANTE OP. 52
[listen]
 
Mauro Giuliani
(l78l-l829)
NEUE WALZER MIT TRIOS Johann Nepomuk Hummel
(1778-1837)
ROSLIN CASTLE Charles Nicholson
(l795-l837)
TAMBOURIN Franšois-Joseph Gossec
(1734-1829)
STUDY OP. 6 NO. 11
STUDY Op. 35 No. 22

 
Fernando Sor
(1778-1839)
GRAND DUO CONCERTANT OP. 85 Mauro Giuliani
(l78l-l829)
NOCTURNE OP. 38 Francesco Molino
(1775-l847)
CHOIX D'AIRS DE L'OPERA
ZANETTA
arr. A. Foreit
Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
(l782-l871)


Reviews:
"A must. A silvery delight...played most poetically." Fanfare

"Marvelous. Very convincing interpretation. Impressive for its simplicity and sensitivity."
Robert Strobl, Alte Musik Aktuel, Regensburg, Germany

"Rarely have I heard a recording of such elegance and sonic charm. The intonation, phrasing and articulation kept the disc on my player all week."
Dr. John Schneider, KFAC-FM, Los Angeles

"A masterpiece. Totally gratifying. A remarkable example of perfect musical understanding." "One of the best serious recordings of 1988."
Les Zacheis, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids IA

"Elegant and charming."
The Register, Des Moines IA

"Perfection."
John McGrody, WOSU-FM, Columbus

"Charming duets, and delicately rendered guitar solos."
Guitar Player (Nov. 1988)

"Their sounds blend together almost poetically—the recording quality is excellent."
The Blue Note

"Executed with technical aplomb and a sense of fun."
Alison Melville Continuo (1990)



Home Sweet HomeHome Sweet Home
Music from the American Civil War

on period instruments

Koch International Classics (3-7312-2H1) 1995


Jan Boland, 19th-c flute by Koch
John Dowdall, 19th-c German guitar

Available from the artists. 319-377-8028

The Repertoire:

MUSIC FROM THE SOCIAL ORCHESTRA
Jennie's Own Schottisch
Village Festival Jig
Old Folks at Home
Old Folks Quadrilles
Eulali
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
C
ome with Thy Sweet Voice Again
Tioga Waltz
Gentle Annie
Anadolia

 

Stephen Collins Foster
(1826-1864)
Home Sweet Home Gaspard Kummer
(1795-1870)

from THE EVENING HOUR
Il Bacio, or Kiss Waltz
Carrie Lee
Delsarte Waltz
Pestal or Maniac Waltz
Trab Trab Gallop
Cruel War Quickstep
Do they Think of Me at Home?
Ellsworth's Funeral March


 

Septimus Winner
(1827-1902)
Auld Lang Syne Charles Nicholson
(1795-1837)

Music, as well as anything, helps us to recapture some essence of what American and Americans were all about during the War Between the States. While deep-seated philosophical differences split our union apart and drove our nation to war, troops and civilians alike were drawn together by the songs they sang and played. This recording brings together the dances, sentimental ballads and war songs which fueled the musical fire of the American Civil War Era.

Reviews:

"Subtitled Parlor Music from the Civil War (across the Pond) this is all pleasant stuff and easy on the ear. Jan Boland specialises in early flutes and is playing on a flute with 11 keys by Stephan Koch, Vienna (c.1820). John Dowdall is playing a 19th century gut strung guitar. My family and friends, both musical and unmusical, have enjoyed listening to this disc, partly because of the music but even more, I suspect, because it sounds as though there is a real person on the end of the flute and moreover someone who is having a good time. On hearing such musical and technically competent playing with such a beguiling sound I began to wonder how the Boehm flute ever caught on. Stephen Foster, mostly known for his songs, is here represented by arrangements of some of these and of some of his instrumental works. Variations on popular airs were much in vogue at this period and examples here include Kummer's Home Sweet Home and Nicholson's Auld Lang Syne. Having spent my first year's flute-playing on an eight keyed flute with the help of Rockstro's book from my local library I was particularly interested to hear Jan Boland's use of 'slides' and 'sensitive notes'. The programme notes include in part the notice, probably referring to Nicholson's playing on how to play a set of variations (recently reprinted in Pan) and attributes it to Rockstro, who doesn't claim it as his own, and he was by no means a modest man. This disc includes a number of pieces by and arranged by Septimus Winner and others. Certainly a recording worth having."
Dennis Clark, Pan–the Flute Magazine (1996)




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