LAUREL ZUCKER receives THE BEST CLASSICAL SOLO INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2006 from THE JUST PLAIN FOLKS AWARDS 2006!!!
A great Cd to listen and relax to, even if you are a flutist!!!
Laurel Zucker and Renee Siebert
The Complete Kuhlau Flute Duos & Divertissements
By: Keith \"MuzikMan\" Hannaleck
\"Having always been a great appreciator of the flute I found it very enjoyable to listen intently to The Complete Kuhlau Flute Duos & Divertissements-Opus 10, 102, 68. I am finding out through several albums of listening pleasure recently that Laurel Zucker is one of the very best flutists in the world today and she aligns herself on projects with the best in the industry. On this 2-disc set, she combines her graceful talents with those of another renowned and respected flutist, Renee Siebert.
Frederick Daniel Rodolphe Kuhlau was born in 1786 at the village of Uelzen in Luneburg, Hanover. Duly anointed the king of flautist-composers, his classical compositions have earned him the accolades as the Beethoven of the flute. Many of his works exhibit the passion and authority of the father of music. In this rare performance (there are no recordings available of these two complete opuses of Kuhlau Duos anywhere) you will discover a \"premiere\" classical recording. Siebert and Zucker plan on recording more select Kahlau compositions in the future, which all classical lovers will surely anticipate as being a landmark release just as this set is.
I principally enjoyed the way the two flutists captured the different moods and colors that Kahlau established within his intricate compositions. Their technical expertise with their instruments and complete understanding of the meaning and overall intent of the music allow the listener the pleasure of a candid look into the mind of one of the world\'s great composers.
The view from the studio-Inspirations stemming from Kuhlau\'s music from Laurel Zucker:
As flutists and friends, Renee and I laughed and had a great time all the way through the two recording sessions. The technical and musical challenges of these two volumes of classical duets made for a very stimulating musical experience. Our Grammy Award winning engineer/producer -Adam Abeshouse was wonderful to work with. The great thing about working with Adam is that one can simply relax and trust that Adam will hear everything that needs to be heard in a recording session. The way in which Kuhlau is able to skillfully and beautifully weave two melodic lines together makes his music a pleasure for flautists to perform.\"
*Evoultion Scale: 9.5/10
Gramophone issue December 2007 states \"Zucker shapes everything with lovely gradations of timbre and nuance, and her phrasing keeps the ear mesmerised.\" Laurel Zucker is described by Gramophone Magazine 2003 \"as polished and gratifying as Rampal and Galway. Zucker\'s interpretations are splendid all round. Her tone is airy and sweet, her virtuosity graceful.\"
In 2004 Gramophone \"strongly recommended\" The Complete Telemann Fantasies for Flute and The Complete J.S. Bach Flute Sonatas on Cantilena Records describing her performances as \"intelligent, naturally phrased
and highly musical with a rich sound beyond reproach.\" In the August 2003 book, Inspirational Stories from the World\'s Best Flute Players, Laurel Zucker is featured along with James Galway, Herbie Mann, Ian Andersen, and Julius Baker. Fanfare Magazine refers to Ms. Zucker \"as a forceful advocate for 20th century music,\" and when she was awarded the Aaron Copland Fund for Music from the American Music Center to record the 1998 Take a Walk on the Wilder Side-CD, Fanfare Magazine stated \"this disc fills an important niche in American Music as well as flute literature.\"
With 45 CD releases available on Cantilena Records, Ms. Zucker can be heard regularly on worldwide classical radio stations. She has performed many times in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Mondavi Center, etc. As a concerto soloist she has been featured with the American Symphony Orch., Erkel Chamber Orch. of Budapest, The Orch. of NY The Gold Country Orch., Merced Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, The Arlington Symph. Orch., and toured with the Sumara Orch. of Russia. As an active chamber artist she has performed with the Marlboro Festival and Tour, Harvard Chamber Players, Music Fest of Arizona, Music in the Mountains, UC Davis Chamber Players,Wet Ink Festival and Chamber Music Alive! As a jazz flutist Jazz Now 2005 describes her performance as \"Laurel\'s flute cutting the still air with a deep-felt emotion to the very last note.\" Claude Bolling in March 2004 on Zucker\'s Bolling Jazz Suites CD writes \"Dear Laurel Zucker, Your recording is beautiful, musician partners are excellent and your flute playing superb!!!\" Of the Flute Music by French Composers CD, Sir James Galway recommends on his website \"This is a really good record and should be in the library of all serious students. The repertoire is very good and it is beautifully played by Miss Zucker. I have a copy and think it is outstanding...\"
As an active performer and supporter of the flute community, Ms. Zucker has been a guest performer/teacher at the New York Flute Club, The Portland Flute Society, The Houston Flute Society, LA Flute Club, Dallas Flute Festival, North Carolina School of the Arts and the National Flute Association Convention. In 2000 The Year of the Rome Aureole Jubilee (hosted by the City of Rome and the Pope) three of Ms. Zucker\'s Cantilena Records CDs (Serenades; Music of Guiliani for Flute and Guitar; Mozart Flute Quartets CDs) were played non-stop for six months throughout the largest Convention Center of Rome, Italy and were also featured in a documentary created at UCLA on the Santa Maria Maggiora Chapel of Rome.
November 2007, Laurel Zucker and Mark Delpriora were presented with
THE GOLD ARTIST AWARD from RadioIndy
for their 2007 CD, Masterpieces for Flute and Guitar.
In 2006 Ms. Zucker received
THE BEST CLASSICAL SOLO INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2006 from The Just Plain Folks Awards.
As Professor of Flute at California State Univ., Sacramento since 1988,
Ms. Zucker received the 1998 President\'s Award for Creative and Scholarly Research, 1998 and 2000 Creative Research Awards, a
nd 1989 Professional Promise Award.
In 1978 she won Artists International Competition and gave her Carnegie Recital Hall Debut. Her first performances in Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center
were at the age of 16 performing 1st flute in the Alexander Schneider\'s Orchestra.
Ms. Zucker graduated from Juilliard where she studied with
Samuel Baron for 3 years; with Paula Robison for two years at New England Conservatory of Music; and privately with Marcel Moyse and Julius Baker.
Ms. Zucker holds a Masters in Music Composition from New York University.
Her compositions are published by Lyra International and
Bourne Music Company and are recorded on Cantilena Records.
In 2008 a new website www.laurelzuckermasterclass.com was launched
providing a new DVD series of flute masterclasses lead by Ms. Zucker.