This 15-minute portrait of the shape-shifting Greek god of sleep pushes even Pahud's astonishing virtuosity to the limit. In the first of the two movements, he plays an alto flute, often at the very top of its range.
Heard in the Albert Hall, the music seems fragile, but the Radio 3 broadcast gives a much better sense of the world that Holt builds around the solo instrument in the opening movement, in which a cimbalom adds a threatening edge to some of the textures. The second movement sets off in a glitter of glockenspiels, and is interrupted by a manic cadenza, which recalls Messiaen's flute writing.
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