Dan Laurin, Eagle recorder
Chiel Meijering, composer
Jan Bjøranger, conductor
Originally conceived by the maker Adriana Breukink in 2008,
the ""Eagle"" recorder has rapidly developed into an
instrument which combines a large sound with a wide range, making it ideal for
playing with modern instruments. When the Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin
first encountered it, he was fascinated but also puzzled. What kind of music
could he play on this instrument? Coming into contact with the Dutch composer
Chiel Meijering he soon found out. Meijering, who had started to write for the
recorder as early as 1979 had developed a passion for the new model and was
composing Eagle concertos with string accompaniment at a rapid pace. In fact,
if there was a problem with repertoire for the Eagle, it was what to choose. As
their correspondence developed, Laurin was struck by the very personal language
in the compositions that he kept receiving from the composer. Dividing his own
music into four categories; dreamy, nostalgic, rocking and heavy metal.
Meijering told him that the roots he had always had in pop music had gradually
become more and more important. Soon thoughts of making a recording emerged,
and took definite shape when the third, vital piece of the puzzle was found:
the fresh, young string ensemble 1B1 from Stavanger in Norway, and its founder,
the dynamic violinist Jan Bjøranger. Their collaboration has borne fruit in
this disc with fifteen individual movements, selected by the performers and the
composer during the recording sessions.
Read MusicWeb’s very favourable review here.
More info at the BIS label website.