The Spohr collection of flutes is possibly one of the largest private collections of original flutes in existence. Over the last 45 years approximately 600 flutes have been collected spanning the entire history of the flute, from the earliest 3-piece French flute made by Chatillon in 1680s to Boehm system flutes from the 19th century and beyond. Once again, Ashley Solomon (Director of Florilegium) has been given access to this remarkable and unique collection and is planning to record baroque and classical music on 9 original flutes. Volume 1 released in 2020 involved 9 flutes and volume 2, which is due for release this April, enabled him to use a further 6 flutes.
This new CD that will be recorded in Holland towards the end of April with Channel Classics, will include works by Mozart, Vivaldi, WF Bach, Handel, Locatelli and songs that were presented in the Vauxhall Garden Concerts in London in the 18th century.
Read more about the Continuo Foundation and their wonderful work to support period ensembles here.