John Hackett And Marco Lo Muscio Take Flight In Elite Company

Neither flautist John Hackett nor organist Marco Lo Muscio are strangers to chamber settings – they played in such a setting both with other performers and a duo – but their new album “On The Wings Of The Wind” that’s out now to mark the tenth anniversary of the instrumentalists’ joint concerts is a bit different. Using 2013’s “Playing The History” as a template but going beyond classic prog covers and into classical realm, the pair – alternating between solo and ensemble pieces as well as between symphonic and rock numbers- invited old friends to join in the celebration. Playing the gems by the so different composers as Ravel, Ligeti and Telemann, alongside the two, are John’s older sibling Steve Hackett, David Cross and David Jackson – of, respectively, GENESIS, KING CRIMSON and VDGG fame.

On The Wings Of The Wind

The two Davids having recently delivered a record of their own while John was engaged in another duo, with Nick Fletcher, on “Beyond The Stars” (detailed here but not made available for review) which was out last year too. So their new effort feels very enticing. It looks like this:

1. Ricercare On The Name G.A.N.D.A.L.F. (Marco Lo Muscio)
2. Minuet And Dance Of The Blessed Spirits (Christoph Willibald Gluck)
3. Ricercare “The Cathedral Of Pienza” (Marco Lo Muscio)
4. Ricercare Cromatico “The Cathedral Of Orvieto” (Marco Lo Muscio)
5. Sonata In Fa Maggiore “Vivace” (Georg Philipp Telemann)
6. Sonata In Fa Maggiore “Largo” (Georg Philipp Telemann)
7. Sonata In Fa Maggiore “Allegro” (Georg Philipp Telemann)
8. Ice Cream Waltz (John Hackett)
9. Vocalise No. 1 (Marco Lo Muscio)
10. Vocalise No. 2 (Marco Lo Muscio)
11. Thoughts Turn Homeward (John Hackett)
12. Galadriel’s Memories (John Hackett)
13. Pavane De La Belle Au Bois Domant (Maurice Ravel)
14. Vocalise No. 3 (Marco Lo Muscio)
15. Vocalise No. 5 (Marco Lo Muscio)
16. Moonchild (KING CRIMSON)
17. In Memorian (Marco Lo Muscio)
18. “Courtly Love” (“Amor Cortese”) – Omaggio A Zeffirelli (Marco Lo Muscio)
19. From “Musica Ricercata” – No. 6 (Allegro Molto Capriccioso) (György Ligeti)
20. From “Musica Ricercata” – No. 7 (Cantabile Molto Legato) (György Ligeti)
21. From “Musica Ricercata” – No. 8 (Vivace Energico) (György Ligeti)
22. Second Chance (Steve Hackett)
23. Hands Of The Priestess (Steve Hackett)
24. Hairless Heart (GENESIS)
25. After The Ordeal (GENESIS)

July 7, 2019

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