Italian flutist Marlaena Kessick was born in 1935 in New York of European parents. During the 1940s, she studied flute in California universities and orchestras, and then moved to Paris and Milan, where she studied composition with Franco Donatoni, while still practicing flute. In 1958, she graduated as a flutist in Milan Conservatory with the highest note, started a career in Italy, and became a renowned teacher. She was finally naturalized Italian in 1963. As an interpret, Kessick played classical composers as well as contemporary names.
♫ Released by Italian label Concert Artists Society in the 1970s, this LP collects contemporary compositions for two flutes, here played by Kessick in re-recording – hence the title, The Two Voices of M.K.’s Golden Flute. Kessick’s tone is incredibly assured and full of nuances, and one listens to this short disc as if in a dream. The style is more classic and less acrobatic as, say, Mario Caroli’s (Italian interpret of Salvatore Sciarrino’s flute music), but Kessick’s beautiful sonority is exceptional. Great disc. A pity about the weird, phallocratic cover art, though.
01 Bruno Bettinelli Invenzione (6:34)
02 Roman Haubenstock-Ramati Interpolation (7:24)
03 Marlaena Kessick Incantesimo (3:14)
04 Julien-François Zbinden MK 2 (6:44)
05 John Cage Tre Pezzi (6:10)
Total time 30:06
LP released by Concert Artists Society, ref. CAS 1807, Italy, [mid-1970s]
Below: another Concert Artists Society Kessick LP, ref CAS 1804.