Photo: William Stickney
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.
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.