"... Boustany uses a beautiful sound, expressive playing, and masterfully applied vibrato to draw the listener into what is, quite frankly, an excellent piece of music...Boustany’s playing is colorful and enticing, spinning out phrases convincingly. In the lyrical as well as rhythmic moments, Boustany makes musical choices that mesh well with the writing for strings... the disc shines..." The Flutist Quarterly
"The charismatic flutist Wissam Boustany has been enjoyed in live concertizing. His recitals and recordings bear an additional political/humanitarian charge in terms of his charitable work, Towards Humanity, which figures on his liner notes; a proportion of his CD sales is directed to SOS Children's Villages UK. Of several CDs released in 2011 by Nimbus Alliance, two will be of particular interest to our readers.
The recital with pianist Stefan Warzyinski of contemporary flute music has good accounts of Frank Martin's Ballade, "a miniature concerto",, and of Martinu's First Sonata, also arrangements for flute of some of Bartok's Chants populaires tristes. The latest recordings, a double CD with Aleks Szram ... celebrating also the highly sensitized inner world of the visually impaired, is a marvellous recital, the first half 'romantic and impressionistic', the other generally darker, from an "unbearably sad Elegy" by Yevhen Stankovych, through Boustany's own "... and the wind whispers", seeking "to make a statement about our fractured world", to Khoury's overwhelmingly dark "Aprés Un Rêve", about "disillusionment after euphoria"... Very special; recommended unreservedly." Peter Grahame Woolf musical-pointers.co.uk
Wissam Boustany is one of the most committed flautists in the world today. Through his organization ‘Towards Humanity’ he supports worldwide projects where music can play a positive role in conflict. The title refers to the inner world of the blind and visually impaired, which is so powerful and energetic for Boustany. This tapestry of love, compassion, music, conflict, peace and war is reflected in the double CD. On the first CD begins with the beautiful and loving music of Bonis and Jongen, but the Hindemith is a grim prelude to WWII. The second CD is getting grimmer and darker, starting with the still fairly lighthearted title track of Carl Witt. Boustany himself wrote a work, "... And The Wind Whispered ..." The wind can cross borders without anyone asking for his identity card or passport. The CD gets greyer and blacker, until it suddenly ends with the sweet melody of Sibelius' "Scaramouche". The powerful personality of Boustany is constantly audible in every imaginable emotion. That here and there are some inaccuracies seems to strike me as 'part of the game’. FLUIT (translation)
The Romantic portion of the album features enjoyable music played with facility and affectionate grace. Wind Whispered, is a technical tour de force, and one of the best musical depictions of wind I've ever heard. Boustany and pianist Aleksander Szram are well-matched, perfectly attuned. Performed without scores, their interpretations have an aura of freedom and improvisation. The music they've chosen has enormous emotional and technical range. The older pieces are delightful and unhackneyed, the newer ones serious in intent and well worth hearing. This is an unusual and highly recommended release. Ron Bierman- Daily Classical Music August 2012