Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, flute
Michael McHale, piano
“Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson played with agility and warmth” —New York Times
In addition to being the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s principal flutist, Iceland native Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson has forged a distinguished simultaneous career as a soloist and chamber musician. In this, his debut solo CD, he offers a truly impressive and varied program of classic works for flute and piano by mainstream composers, plus a haunting novelty for unaccompanied flute. Michael McHale, one of Ireland’s leading all-around pianists, offers sensitive and expert collaboration in this beautifully recorded album.
Franz Schubert’s masterly Introduction and Variations on “Trockne Blumen,” based on one of his loveliest art songs, is the composer’s only original work for flute and piano. Lowell Liebermann, one of America’s greatest living composers, is represented by his Sonata for Flute and Piano — a true tour de force, and a contemporary classic. Sergei Prokofiev’s WW II-era Sonata for Flute and Piano is a universally acknowledged masterpiece, and a staple of the chamber repertoire for flute. The album’s novelty (and title piece) is Solitude, for solo flute, by Icelandic composer Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson: a serenely poignant evocation of loneliness.
- A varied program of proven classics for flute and piano by Schubert, Liebermann and
Prokofiev – plus a haunting novelty by Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson.
- Masterly and thrilling performances by Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, principal flutist of the
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and vaunted pianist Michael McHale
- A beautifully recorded debut solo CD from a flutist to watch.
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