Reviews of the CD...
“While it would be overstating the case to assert that it is impossible to match on a metal flute the amber-toned, oak-aged, ravishing tone that radiates from Celia Redgate’s 1921 Rudall Carte, I can’t think of a single modern player who makes a sound to rival it. Redgate’s mid-range floats by seamlessly as though buoyed aloft on a warm current of air rather than activated by it. Her upper register is completely free of breathy shrillness, and her lower notes are encompassed effortlessly without the slightest sense of ‘reaching down’...Throughout this generous and musically well-balanced recital Redgate and her endlessly supportive and sensitive accompanist Michael Dussek play with supreme naturalness. Her mellifluous tone and impeccable technique combine to create the perfect vehicle for these endlessly delightful miniatures, while her effortless phrasing and enchanting musical presence completely disarm any sensation of there being an ‘interpreter at work’. Glowingly recorded and played with exemplary taste and skill, this is one of the most distinguished flute discs to have come my way in a long time. More please!”
Julian Haylock - International Record Review March 2008
The high points of the CD are, for me, York Bowen’s Sonata and Christopher Redgate’s Three English Folksongs. Christopher, who is married to Celia, is a well-known oboist who doubles on the Didgeridoo. He is also, evidently, an accomplished composer, as his inventive and skilfully-wrought folk arrangements demonstrates. Michael Dussek is a first-rate accompanist with a scrupulous ear for balance and ensemble. With all this virtuosity one might expect an embarrass de richesses, but not a bit of it! The message of this CD is that simple is beautiful, and that simple can also rustle up a storm to make your hair stand on end. The wooden flute offers good plain country fare, cooked properly, which doesn’t need the whole spice-jar thrown into the stew. Don’t just take my word for it, buy the disc.
Richard Stagg, Pan Magazine March 2008
Richard Stagg in the same review summed up the CD in the following words:
”This CD has three united but distinct strings to its bow: it features works by English Composers or by those who are honorary Englishmen despite their cross-border connections; it celebrates the achievements and influence of important Royal Academy of Music teachers; and it celebrates the continuing survival of the wooden flute in the 21st century. “
The Suite is full of English charm and reviewers have likened this work to Sullivan and Elgar.
“There are touches of beauty and sheer poetry in these pages that transcend the original tunes.” John France, Music Web
This is a work brimming to the full with melody and delicious harmony! Just imagine yourself sitting by the river.
“...Cooke is a man waiting to be rediscovered or perhaps even discovered. Possibly the most satisfying offering on this CD.” John France Music Webb
A wonderfully satisfying piece to play and for many people their favourite work on the CD.
Adds great variety to the CD as Tavener evokes a journey of pilgrims to Greek Islands.
“Danse Negre sounds as English as tea and toasted crumpets.” Richard Stagg, Pan magazine
Written by one great flautist for another, this is the flute player’s equivalent of a fine port at the end of a meal!
Celia Redgate (née Pitstow)
Two years after taking up the flute Celia won a County Scholarship to study under Gareth Morris. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music (with Gareth Morris) where she won the J & J Brough prize and was awarded the Paddy Purcell and the North London Orchestral Society prizes. She won a Munster trust scholarship for post-graduate studies and was selected by the trust to be the flautist for their recital scheme. Her solo debut at the Purcell Room (with Sylvia Bowdon) was as a GLAA young musician. Other London appearances include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and Fairfield Halls with Trio Krosta, Sioned Williams and the Phoenix Wind Quintet. Her performing career has focussed upon chamber music, performing for music clubs, societies and festivals. Her recording work includes sessions, Radio 2 and 3 and TV. Several composers have written for her including Gordon Jacob and Roger Redgate.
Michael Dussek made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1980, where he was described by one critic as "a real find". Subsequently he has partnered leading international soloists in many of the world's major concert halls. In 2006 he performed a13-recital tour of Japan with violinist Ryu Goto, including a Suntory Hall recital recorded live by Deutsche Grammophon for CD and DVD.
He has made numerous acclaimed CD recordings and has twice been nominated for a Gramophone Award. Highlights include the first 3 York Bowen Piano Concertos with Vernon Handley and the BBC Concert Orchestra, the solo piano music of Britten and Rubbra, and Bax songs with Ian Partridge and Jean Rigby. As a member of the Dussek Piano Trio, with his wife,cellist Margaret Powell and violinist Gonzalo Acosta, he has recorded works by Arensky, Brahms, Bridge, Haydn and Hurlstone. As a member of Endymion he has recorded works by Bowen, Dohnanyi, Dunhill, Fibich, Lutyens and Rubbra, and has performed at most of this country's major festivals.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music where he is also Senior Tutor in Ensemble Piano.