Recorded live at his recent Borletti Buitoni Trust Wednesdays at Wilton’s concert on 29 April 2015, Erik Bosgraaf plays works from four centuries of recorder music. Jacob van Eyck, from the 17th century, is joined by Louis Andriessen and Luciano Berio from the 20th, and – to end – one of Erik’s own improvisations.
Dutch recorder player Erik Bosgraaf enthuses over Wilton’s Music Hall. the genesis of the world première he played there – Tomi Räisänen’s Dive, the pleasures of doing workshops with young recorder players and the surprising ways you can play the instrument.
The recorder, around since medieval times and at its peak in the baroque era, has become an instrument for the 21st century in the skilled hands of master maker Ernst Meyer. Shot in Amsterdam and Paris, this film succinctly shows Erik Bosgraaf’s virtuosity, musicianship and passion, alongside the mastery and magic of Meyer in the workshop where he refines the new instrument that BBT has funded. With improved strength of sound and tone, the recorder is now a candidate for modern repertoire in symphonic halls.