“M” is a programme whose main concept is neither the chosen repertory nor, as usual, my own performance, but rather a third element: the instruments themselves. The reason for this is that I’ll be using a handful of state-of-the-art recorders from some of the most influential makers in the modern history of the instrument, which I’m sure will add an extra layer of interest to my performance.

The title of the program is a case of pure coincidence, as it comes from the curious fact that all of the makers’ last names begin with the letter m: Bob Marvin, Ernst Meyer, Fred Morgan and Monika Musch. I first selected a few representative recorder models from each maker and then a piece to showcase them.


“El virtuosismo que mostró Parrilla rondó por momentos lo inverosímil”.

Diario de Sevilla, August 18, 2013

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Detail of a stunning bass recorder by Bob Marvin. You won’t believe your ears.

Programme proposal


A Short & Incomplete Sound History of the Recorder Through its Modern Makers — Chapter M

Ma — Recorders by Bob Marvin (1941–2018, USA)

Alfonso X el Sabio (1221–1284)
Tantas en Santa María (CSM 173)
Pero que seja a gente (CSM 181)
A madre de Jesucristo (CSM 172)

On La Spagna tenor

Me — Recorders by Ernst Meyer (1954–2016, CH)

Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
Tango-Étude no. 3

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788)
Flute sonata in A m H.562
Poco Adagio – Allegro – Allegro

Mo — Recorders by Fred Morgan (1940–1999, AU)

Jacques Hotteterre (1673–1763) &
Michel Lambert (1610–1696)
Traits pour la Flûte-a-bec & L’amour

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Partita in C m BWV 1013
Allemande – Corrente – Sarabande – Bourrée Anglaise

Mu — Recorders by Monika Musch (DE)

Aurelio Virgiliano (fl. 1600)
Recercata terza

Kees Boeke (*1950)
Lacrime (1983)

A particularly surprising, newsworthy Marvin tenor recorder.

The instruments

And here’s the list of recorders I’ll be playing:

  • Marvin: cylindrical g alto, Pythagorean (2003) & HIER.S consort tenor (2004)
  • Meyer: Denner alto (2009) & Denner-Bressan voice flute (2010)
  • Morgan: Bressan alto (1997) & Stanesby soprano (1978)
  • Musch: Schnitzer tenor (2007) & one-piece “Ganassi-type” g alto (2003)
Vicente Parrilla