“Sara Minelli.. As a specialist in contemporary music, with all the technical issues that entails, there can be few flautists who are her equal. Her mastery of the material is.. exemplary.. This, and the companion recording (New Resonances) ,is top quality contemporary music which should be added to the still small repertoire for solo flute. Minelli does it proud... Minelli and Chadwick give flawless performances... Minelli must now be carving out a reputation among world leaders in the interpretation of contemporary music. If that repertoire is important to you, these recordings deserve a place on your shelf - Peter Westbrook, The Flute Journal“
“Sara Minelli is a virtuoso player with real mastery of avant-garde technique, including vocalising and whistling where required... The Green Cat Bird sounds remarkably like a crying baby and Sara Minelli’s flute captures that idea astonishingly well...– Alan Cooper, The British Music Society.”
Alan Cooper - www.britishmusicsociety.co.uk
"...Sara Minelli is an excellent flautist who plays each piece with vigor and an appropriately bird-like sound..."
Lynn Bayley - Arts Music Lounge
"...The performance by Sara Minelli (flute) and Roderick Chadwick (piano) is stunning, beautiful, revelatory, often moving and thoroughly committed, both in creativity and technique. The listener can sit (or even lie) back and enjoy and appreciate this transcendent journey through the ornithological landscape of Australia - John France , Music Web International”
John France - musicweb-international.com
"...what stands out in the whole album is Sara’s flute that gives voice to the Australian birds. We suggest this album to those who love music because it lets us see something new, inspired by a world that surrounds us and which we often ignore.. - Gianni Pezzano, The Daily Cases”
Gianni Pezzano - thedailycases.com
..this album features the stunning extended techniques and birdcalls of flutist Sara Minelli... Cowie has created a stunning sonic tapestry where the flute part specifically represents the bird, while the piano sets the natural backdrop creating a picture of the birds' habitat [with] the brilliant playing of pianist Roderick Chadwick.. Minelli convincingly coaxes the listener to go birding by expertly executing every extended technique that exists for flute..
“... As required of any well executed performances of contemporary compositions, Minelli warms the listener up to her technical prowess, a mere taster of what’s to come..
this album successfully shows off Minelli ‘ s skilled capability of handling contemporary repertoire and makes an interesting listen as well as an example for students of contemporary repertoire. “
Diljeet Bhachu - The British Flute Society, Pan
“Minelli is clearly a formidable exponent of the contemporary flute repertoire.”
Jonathan Woolf - Music Web International
“Sara Minelli [...] shows her technical skills off in a superb manner. None of the requirements of the various pieces seems to disturb her, and the result is a digest of dazzling advanced techniques”
Robert Hugill - Planet Hugill
"Sara Minelli ‘s New Resonances for Flute (EMA Vinci) takes this sense of subversion even further – her flute is something to create breathy textures, popping effects, unexpected trills and drowsy slurs”
T E S T I M O N I A L S
Sara's performance was amazing. Seriously. You so rarely hear Ferneyhough played with such character and precision."
Igor Toroniy - Lalic, Music critic, London Contemporary Music Festival
“It's very easy for me to say that Sara Minelli is one of the best musicians I have had the opportunity of working with in the recent years [...] ”
Alessandro Solbiati – Composer, Conservatoire “G.Verdi”, Milan, Italy
“At Sara’s recital at Pontino Festival, Sermoneta, I sincerely appreciated her dedication, competence and passion in confronting the contemporary repertoire for the flute, with a resulting execution that was truly excellent.”
Gabriele Bonomo - Edizioni Suvini Zerboni - Milan, Italy
“Hearing Sara perform Bouleumeta (my work for solo flute) for the first time was absolutely breathtaking [...]"
Cheryl Frances - Hoad, Composer
“…Sara performed at the Little Missenden Festival in 2013, giving solo and duo performances of music by Debussy and - memorably - by Sciarrino. [...]"
Ed McKeon – Third Ear / Little Missenden Festival
T E S T I M O N I A N Z E
"L'esecuzione di Sara era sorprendente. Veramente. Si ascolta cosi' raramente Ferneyhough suonato con tale carattere e precisione…".
Igor Toroniy - Lalic, Critico musicale, London Contemporary Music Festival
“Mi è molto facile dire che Sara Minelli è una delle migliori musiciste con cui ho avuto modo di lavorare in questi anni. [...] "
Alessandro Solbiati – Compositore, Conservatorio “G.Verdi”, Milano, Italia
“Del recital di Sara nel Festival Pontino, Sermoneta, ho sinceramente apprezzato la sua dedizione, competenza e passione nell’affrontare la letteratura contemporanea per flauto, con un risultato esecutivo davvero d’eccellenza “.
Gabriele Bonomo - Edizioni Suvini Zerboni - Milano, Italia
“Ascoltare Sara eseguire per la prima volta Bouleumeta (il mio brano per flauto solo) e' stato assolutamente mozzafiato. [...]"
Cheryl Frances - Hoad, Compositrice
“Sara si è esibita nel Little Missenden Festival 2013 - eseguendo brani per flauto solo e in duo di Debussy e - indimenticabile - di Sciarrino. [...] "
Ed McKeon – Third Ear / Little Missenden Festival