FLUTE MUSIC of ROBERT BAKSA
KATHERINE FINK, flute
ELIZABETH DIFELICE, piano
"...the flute music of Robert Baksa...with its lucid structure and effusive and natural melodic content...is easy to enjoy...ingratiating without being overly simplistic. Baksa has superby sympathetic performers at his disposal here. Katherine Fink is a delightful flutist, producing a voluptuous tone with fine gradations of color. She maneuvers through Baksa's many virtuoso passages with great agility, but nary a hint of showiness, and she is elegantly supported by Elizabeth DiFelice.
Fanfare - June/July 2004
"This is optimistic music...Fink and DiFelice are fine collaborators... DiFelice [uses] a fine, lyrical touch...Fink shapes melodies with breadth of color and clear direction. She has a crystal-clean sound and a nice light vibrato."
American Record Guide - March/April 2004
"As performed by Katherine Fink and Elizabeth DiFelice, Baksa's music...conveys the freshness of sunlight and limitless space as it explores the expressive capabilities of [the flute, and] always with a tonal frame of reference. A charming recording. You will like it."
Atlanta Audio Society - Spring 2004
Pianist Elizabeth DiFelice has concertized throughout North America, Europe and Japan in solo recitals and as a chamber musician. As an active ensemble musician in New York City, her extensive credits include performances with the New York Philharmonic (since 1979), American Composers Orchestra, Orchestra of St Luke's, American Symphony, New York New Music Ensemble and the Eos Orchestra. She has appeared at Aspen, Tangelwood, Bard, Ravinia and Lincoln Center, and currently coordinates the piano department at Princeton. Fink and DiFelice have been performing together as a duo for more than 10 years.
Robert Baksa was born in 1938 in New York City of Hungarian parentage. He has written more than 500 works, including operas, chamber music, solo and choral works. Critics have praised his melodic gifts, and the clarity and harmonious nature of his music. His works are widely performed, with notable commissions by Lincoln Center, harpsichordist Elaine Comparone, and a joint commission by the NJ Chamber Music Society and the NJ Youth Symphony.
Flute Sonata No.1 (1976)
Flute Sonata No.2 (1997)
Flute Sonata No.3 (1995-2000)
Monologue for Solo Flute (1993)
Aria for Flute (1957, rev.2000)