Breath of Creation
Flutes of two worlds. Performing on shakuhachi, baroque flute and recorder, these two inspiring performers - renowned in their own fields - join forces to present a magical display of virtuosic delights and evocative sound-scapes.
A meeting-point of European and Japanese traditions - 'Breath of Creation' - flutes of two worlds is a journey through traditional folk melodies from England, Ireland and Japan, to the European art music of Bach, Couperin and Vivaldi. Includes stop-offs along the way of eastern meditations and collaborative improvisations by the performers themselves.
Complete with detailed, informative liner notes on the compositions and the place these instruments hold in Eastern & Western culture, 'Breath of Creation' presents an insight into the collaborative creativity of two Australian musicians from two very different worlds.
As a virtuoso of the baroque flute and recorder, conductor, educator and scholar, Greg Dikmans has been at the forefront of the Early Music movement in Australia for a number of years.
Anne Norman is a performer, improvisor, composer and teacher of shakuhachi currently residing in Melbourne and working as a freelance artist in music-theatre productions, solo and collaborative recitals, broadcasts and recording work.
“The measure of the success of this recording is that it leaves one listening not just to the musical works themselves but to those further and more distant musics of the spheres.”
— Ruth Wilkinson, Recorder and Early Music
“I highly recommend this CD to anyone with a penchant for the mystical, the unusual and the unexpected. The performances are first rate.”
— Keith Griffin, Journal of the Australian Flute Association
- Variations on Doen Daphne d'over schoone maeght Jacob van Eyck 6:15
- Alone in a strange place Anne Norman 4:23
- Irish & English folk songs (Traditional) 8:22
- Le rossignol-en-amour (the nightingale in love) François Couperin 7:18
- Tsuru no sugomori (nesting cranes) (Honkyoku) 8:45
- Music for a bird Hans-Martin Linde 5:40
- Shika no tone (distant cries of deer) (Honkyoku) 3:09
- Cadenza from 'Goldfinch' Concerto Antonio Vivaldi :57
- Koden Sugomori (nesting song) (Honkyoku) 1:22
- Ecoutez les sons touchants de la tendre Philomel from Ile de Délos Louis-Nicolas Clérambault 1:47
- Japanese folk songs (Traditional) 7:51
- Paritita in A minor, BWV 1013 Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach 5:15
- Spaces Anne Norman 4:02
- Daphne-bushi Greg Dikmans Anne Norman 6:13
Couperin belonged to a family of several composers from the mid-17th to mid-19th centuries. He was organist in the chapel of Louis XIV at Versailles, and was the greatest French master of the harpsichord.
Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, priest, and virtuoso violinist. Vivaldi is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe.