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Great Musicians: Kate Clark, Renaissance and Baroque Flutist

Our series continues with Australian flutist Kate Clark who performs music of the French baroque, C.P.E. Bach, and various works with the Attaignant Consort.

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Photo: Courtesy of Kate Clark and Giovanni Tardino

Kate Clark and a consort of Renaissance flutes made by Giovanni Tardino.

In the mid-1980s, flutist Kate Clark moved from her native Australia to the Netherlands where she studied the baroque flute with Barthold Kuijken in The Hague. She had been drawn to the baroque flute while still an undergraduate in Sydney, but was led to further study in Europe in order to fully immerse herself in the instrument and the music.

Kate Clark is one of a handful of world-class early flutists to specialize in both the baroque and Renaissance versions of the instrument. Her love of both was nurtured during her studies at conservatories in The Hague and in Basel, Switzerland.

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier: Sonata for flute and violin in A major, op. 51, no. 5, Largo, Allegro, Larghetto, and Allegro
Ensemble Battistin (Sara Macliver, soprano, Sophie Gent, violin, Kate Clark, flute, and Stewart Smith, harpsichord) — The Concert Spirituel (ABC Classics , 2007)
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Today, Kate Clark is one of Europe’s most respected early flutists. She has performed and recorded with a number of major ensembles as both soloist and chamber musician. Her teaching positions include several residencies in both baroque and Renaissance flutes.

Kate is also one of a small number of flutists to have won first prize at the prestigious Brugge International Early Music Competition.

Of her many collaborations, Kate finds particular satisfaction in having founded one of the few professional Renaissance flute consorts performing today. Named the Attaignant Consort after the famous Renaissance music publisher, the ensemble released its first recording not long ago.

Various: Farewell my joy, Tant que vivray, Frais et Gaillard, and Fine knacks for ladies
The Attaignant Consort/Kate Clark — Madame d’Amours: Music for Renaissance Flute Consort (Ramée, 2007)
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Here’s a video of Kate performing a movement from a Haydn trio with fortepianist Zvi Meniker and cellist Rainer Zipperling:

New Release

Our new release of the week features the music of Melchior Schildt, a prominent 17th-century German composer and organist. Annette Richards performs in a program devoted to Schildt and his teacher Sweelinck. Released on the Loft recordings label, Richards’ performance is given on the historical “Raphaelis” organ of Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark.

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Toccata in C major
Annette Richards, Raphaelis Organ (Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark) — Organ Works of Melchior Schildt (Loft, 2008)
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Melchior Schildt: “Gleichwie das Feuer”
Annette Richards, Raphaelis Organ (Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark) — Organ Works of Melchior Schildt (Loft, 2008)
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C.P.E. Bach: Sonata in A major, Andante and Vivace
Ensemble of the Classic Era (Paul Wright, violin, Kate Clark, flute, and Geoffrey Lancaster, fortepiano) — Trio Sonatas (ABC Classics , 1997)
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Joseph Bodin de Boismortier: Sonata for flute and violin in A major, op. 51, no. 5, Largo, Allegro, Larghetto, and Allegro
Ensemble Battistin (Sara Macliver, soprano, Sophie Gent, violin, Kate Clark, flute, and Stewart Smith, harpsichord) — The Concert Spirituel (ABC Classics , 2007)
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Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach: Sonata in E major for two flutes and basso continuo, Wq 162, Adagio di molto and Allegro assai
Wilbert Hazelzet and Kate Clark, flutes, Alda Stuurop, violin, Richte van der Meer, cello, and Jacques Ogg, harpsichord — Five Flute Trios (Globe, 1993)
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Various: Farewell my joy, Tant que vivray, Frais et Gaillard, and Fine knacks for ladies
The Attaignant Consort/Kate Clark — Madame d’Amours: Music for Renaissance Flute Consort (Ramée, 2007)
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Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Toccata in C major
Annette Richards, Raphaelis Organ (Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark) — Organ Works of Melchior Schildt (Loft, 2008)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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