HAYDN: CHAMBER MUSIC WITH FLUTE - BARTHOLD KUIJKEN (6 CDS)
This 6-album set presents the complete recordings with flute music by Joseph Haydn made by Barthold Kuijken on the Accent label. Always playing historically accurate transverse flutes, on these albums (which contain trios and quartets in various combinations), he teams up with his brothers Sigiswald and Wieland, his nephew Piet Kuijken and other fine early music specialists. The recordings were made between 1978 and 2014 and are presented together here for the first time. This is an opportunity not to be missed of listening to the legendary Kuijken family in this delicate late 18th-century repertoire. He studied the modern flute at the Bruges Conservatory and the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and The Hague. For playing early music he originally turned to the recorder. Research on authentic instruments, frequent collaboration with various flute and recorder makers, and assiduous study of sources of the 17th and 18th centuries helped him to specialize in the performance on original instruments. For many years he played in the baroque orchestras Collegium Aureum and La Petite Bande. He plays chamber music concerts all over the world, extending his repertoire to early 19th-century music and has recorded extensively.