Lapis Blues

Robert Dick, flute; Ursel Schlicht, prepared piano

Playing a flute equipped with a specially designed telescoping headjoint to achieve the glissando coloration he requires here, Robert Dick does a bit of CPR on traditional Korean court music. His breathy tone is unexpectedly warm and smoky, swirlingly in character with the bamboo-tree sword fight staged in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Schlicht’s ever-exploring piano lines, sharply studded with the percussive prepared notes, support this magical flight.

—MS