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Flutist Helena Macherel. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – CD Review, the 4th of June 2024

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Flute Quartet No. 1 KV 285 in D major (Simon Blendis- violin, Judith Busbridge- viola and Sebastian Comberti- cello); Concerto No. 2 KV 314 in D major (London Mozart Players).

Helena Macherel is one of Switzerland's most promising flutists, a talented young musician who studied in New York, Berlin, Lausanne and Paris. She has won major prizes in international competitions in Geneva, Belgrade and Berlin and is a regular collaborator with the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Musikkollegium ensemble in Winterthur. She has already released three albums so far - the first two concentrating on modern chamber music, with a focus on French music; and the third CD, which I present to you on Radio România Muzical, features chamber and concertante works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, recorded with the experienced London Mozart Players.

The album was printed in October 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Church in London, with its official release on the 1st of March this year at the Swiss label Claves Records. The disc includes Flute Quartet No. 1 (recorded with members of the London Mozart Players: violinist Simon Blendis, Judith Busbridge on viola and Sebastian Comberti on cello), Concertos KV 314 and 299, the latter pressed with Tjasha Gafner on harp.

Helena Macherel also signs the cadenzas of Mozart's Concerto KV 314 in D major, about which she says: "What I like about this work is that the joy and optimism of Mozart's music is sometimes touched by sober nuances, especially in the slow parts." Helena Macherel talks about Mozart's ability to transport us into different moods with subtlety and emotion. The musician's interpretation is distinguished by the grace and suppleness of her phrasing.

Larisa Clempuș