The Nicholsonian Effect - CC5009

CD coverThe Nicholsonian Effect

Martyn Shaw - Nicholson improved flute
Jonathan Gooing - Erard pianoforte

Charles Nicholson (1795-1837) was one of the most important figures in the evolution of the flute. He was England’s first ever concert flautist, flautist to the king, and made significant contributions to flute design through the ‘Nicholson’s “Improved” Flute’. 

Martyn Shaw celebrates Nicholson’s bold, dynamic style through a recording upon the instrument that inspired the modern flute. Such was Nicholson’s reputation for dynamic virtuosity in his playing that the term ‘Nicholsonian effect’ was coined. 

  • Charles Nicholson - Fantasia No.7, on a Theme by Rode 
  • Louis Drouet - Prelude No.11 in G; Variation on ‘Voi Che Sapete’ 
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel, ed. M.Shaw - Sonata in D Major, Op.50 
  • John Clinton -  Eulalie’ Fantasia for the Flute, Op. 118