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History has remembered Carl Friedrich Abel as a formidable improviser on the viola da gamba, consigning his substantial body of flute music to rather specialist territory. Georgia Browne and Nordic Affect make a splendid case here for a re-think of this position; their commitment to their repertoire is evident in every phrase. Browne has a sophisticated palette of colours at her disposal, from ethereally limpid to icily edgy, and the single strings draw a gestural and tonal range from their instruments that puts far better-known string bands to shame. By turns biting pungently and bouncing playfully, aided and abetted by a rich cathedral acoustic, these players urge you to delve into their take on Abel. Warmly recommended.

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