Unanswered Questions

Erin Lesser, flute

Need another 4 minutes and 33 seconds to round out your solo flute recital? I’ve got a little suggestion: Tristan Murail (who did you think?). On this new recording by the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the composer’s moody flute solo, Unanswered Questions, clocks in at a purely coincidental 4:33. But the similarity to John Cage’s silent masterpiece doesn’t end there. Murail’s stream of consciousness melody evokes an utter stillness which, near the end, could easily be interrupted by the sound of just one pin hitting the floor.

—RN