The recorder, in fact, has a dignified history in music. Many composers--especially during the Renaissance and Baroque periods--wrote for the recorder as a solo instrument. It was a predecessor to the flute (referred to after its invention as the transverse flute as it was held and played horizontally as opposed to the position in which the recorder was played), and still heard today on occasion.
Enter Lucie Horsch. She is Dutch, 17 years old, and has just released a recording on Decca as soloist in Vivaldi's recorder concertos.
The Guardian has more here.