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American Flutist Jed Wentz and Musica Ad Rhenum

Three excellent recordings of late-baroque music, including J.S. Bach, Couperin, Telemann, and Blavet.

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Photo: William Stickney

Musica Ad Rhenum (left to right: Michael Borgstede, harpsichord, Job Ter Haar, violoncello, and Jed Wentz, flute and director)

J.S. Bach

Musica Ad Rhenum holds a unique place in Early Music. They genuinely sound no other ensemble out there. Whereas many claim individuality and a cutting-edge approach, Musica Ad Rehum truly embodies both. Led by the American flutist Jed Wentz, their latest Brilliant Classics recording of J.S. Bach’s complete chamber music for the flute shows why they have a reputation as a world-class ensemble. The group’s intensity, virtuosity, and hidden surprises made it a joy to listen to.

Couperin and Telemann

I’ve always been a fan of live performance. If you can’t get out to experience a great ensemble in performance, hearing a recording of a live performance is the next best thing. Radio Netherlands has, for some time, been releasing compilations of live concerts by period and modern ensembles. Their latest, volume four, includes Musica Ad Rhenum’s performance of chamber music by Couperin and Telemann, both of which are excellent.

Michel Blavet

Music Ad Rhenum’s 2005 release of Michel Blavet’s flute music is a classic. Jed Wentz delivers a poetic and inspiring performance in what is a tour de force survey of Blavet’s flute works.

Music Heard On This Episode

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034, IV.Allegro
Musica Ad Rhenum/Jed Wentz — Complete Chamber Music for Flute (Brilliant Classics , 2009)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034, IV.Allegro
Musica Ad Rhenum/Jed Wentz — Complete Chamber Music for Flute (Brilliant Classics , 2009)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1038, I.Largo
Musica Ad Rhenum/Jed Wentz — Complete Chamber Music for Flute (Brilliant Classics , 2009)
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Francois Couperin: Le Parnasse ou L'Apotheose de Corelli
Musica Ad Rhenum/Jed Wentz — Discovering Dutch Ensembles, vol. IV (Radio Netherlands , 2009)
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Georg Philipp Telemann: 6eme Quatuor Parisien in E minor
Musica Ad Rhenum/Jed Wentz — Discovering Dutch Ensembles, vol. IV (Radio Netherlands , 2009)
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Michel Blavet: Sonata in G major, V.Presto
Musica Ad Rhenum/Jed Wentz — Flute Sonatas (Brilliant Classics , 2005)
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Michel Blavet: Sonata in D major, II.Allegro
Musica Ad Rhenum/Jed Wentz — Flute Sonatas (Brilliant Classics , 2005)
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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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