Andreas Haefliger has produced two provocative and acclaimed mixed recital recordings for Avie in his series called Perspectives, juxtaposing standard repertoire with newer works and recreating his recital programs for posterity. On this new disc he is joined by his wife, leading American flautist Marina Piccinini, for an equally stimulating selection that is a pure partnership of equals. Each takes a solo turn – Piccinini with Debussy’s Syrinx and Haefliger with the Liszt arrangement of Wagner’s Liebestod – and they come together for two titans of the flute repertory, the Sonatas of Franck and Prokofiev. To quote MusicWeb, “Programming in this way is in itself an art,” and with such polished performances a recording with obvious appeal.
“At the radiantly lovely opening of the Prokofiev Sonata one realises that Marine Piccinini's flute-playing is very special, her lyrical phrasing cool, exquisitely shaped and with an underlying delicate sensuality. …with Andreas Haefliger a highly sympathetic partner, this outstanding performance establishes the writing as perfect for the flute, even with one's memories of the Second Violin Sonata, which the work subsequently became at the behest of David Oistrakh. Similarly, the opening of the Franck Sonata is instantly beguiling, with flute and piano echoing each other engagingly at the opening and in the dreamy Andante.” Gramophone