CD review: Nadia Labrie – Flûte passion: Mozart

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Flûte passion: Mozart

Nadia Labrie, flute; Antoine Bareil, violin;
Isaac Chalk, viola; Benoit Loiselle, cello 

Analekta AN 2 8925

★★★★

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For the third instalment of her Flûte Passion series, Nadia Labrie has chosen Mozart. With her fellow musicians, the flutist offers chamber music by this composer she is so fond of: four quartets, including the famous Quartet in D major K. 285, as well as the Andante in C major K. 315. We find typically Mozartian melodic lines, full of charm and insouciance. The music flows without interruption and the sounds of the instruments fit together perfectly. Labrie nicely captures the calm, intimate and sometimes melancholy character associated with the composer’s slow movements. Carl Talbot, producer of the album, could well have chosen to mute the flutist’s breathing. He did not. Far from being a flaw, this lends life and sincerity to the interpretations. The Quartet in G major is less playful than the first, in D, but also less inspired. In the Andante, by contrast, we find all the expressive genius of Mozart, who is able to lead us from light to darkness in a fraction of a second.

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