David Yeagley: Wessi vah-peh

James J. Pellerite, Native American flute; Moravian Philharmonic conducted by Lawrence Golan

The traditional Native American flute is an extremely expressive instrument, but it is almost invariably played unaccompanied. So it’s great to hear Comanche composer David Yeagley’s single movement concerto, Wessi vah-peh, and the other concertante works featuring Native American flute with a symphony orchestra on this new Albany disc. Yeagley, like the other diligent composers featured here, takes special care to make sure this quiet instrument’s subtleties are not drowned out by the accompanying symphony orchestra.