Harmonia Podcast #148: Benedek Csalog and Monica Huggett
This week’s pair of recordings have been around for more than a few years, they’ve been heard over and over again, and have passed the honeymoon period where new/recent CDs sometimes get a pass for their novelty.
Both recordings have some pretty fantastic instrumental playing, yet at the same time, very individual.
Csalog’s program of Quantz flute concertos would have been noticeably different if a different ensemble had been accompanying. If you’ve heard any other Aura Musicale‘s recordings, you’ll know that it’s a great ensemble with a muscular approach that never descends into crass or overly-aggressive playing.
As for the European Union Baroque Orchestra CD, is there any recording with Monica Huggett that isn’t good? The magic she normally brings to any given ensemble, whether as a guest or her own, is definitely in evidence here. There’s only one thing better than listening to a Huggett recording—hearing her perform live.
Listen: #148—Aura Musicale and European Union Baroque Orchestra
- Quantz: 4 Concertos for Flute, Csalog and Aura Musicale
- Various: Birds, Beasts, & Battles, Huggett and EUBO