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Great Works for Flute and Orchestra

Composer Cécile Chaminade
Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Carl Nielsen
Francis Poulenc
Carl Reinecke
Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Performer Sharon Bezaly
Residentie Orkest Den Haag
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-1679 SACD
EAN 7318599916798
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jul 2013
Total time 69'25

”IRR Outstanding” International Record Review, October 2013: ”This wonderful recording is a delight. Throughout, Sharon Bezaly declares herself to be consistently a superb player – technically without peer, her musicianship is of the highest order over a surprisingly wide range of music, and she is partnered most admirably by Neeme Järvi and the excellent Dutch orchestra. … this disc is a palpable ’hit’ and I recommend it with considerable enthusiasm.”

One of today’s most highly respected exponents of her instrument, Sharon Bezaly is a staunch champion of contemporary music, with 17 concertos and numerous chamber works dedicated to her. But she has also made acclaimed recordings of flute repertoire mainstays, from Mozart’s concertos and quartets to Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto pastoral.
Her latest disc includes two central works from the repertoire for flute and orchestra – the concertos by Carl Nielsen and Carl Reinecke – as well as less often heard gems, such as Cécile Chaminade's melodious Concertino and Charles T. Griffes’ Poem, with its distinctive harmonies and colourful writing.
The programme also includes a true rarity in Tchaikovsky’s youthful Largo and Allegro for flute and strings, written while the composer was still a student at the St Petersburg Conservatory. The work was originally composed for two flutes and strings, but as the second flute plays for just 17 of the total of 87 bars, either doubling or filling in when the first player is silent, the two parts have here been combined into one.
In contrast, Poulenc's Sonata is of course one of the most popular pieces in the flute repertoire of the 20th century, but it is here performed in an unusual version for flute and orchestra, orchestrated by the British composer Lennox Berkeley, incidentally a friend of Poulenc. Throughout this colourful and varied programme, Sharon Bezaly enjoys the sympathetic support of Neeme Järvi and the Residentie Orchestra who also join her in the spectacular encore, the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s virtuosic arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Flight of the Bumblebee.
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  Carl Nielsen
  Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, FS119 (1926) 16'10
01 I. Allegro moderato 9'50
02 II. Allegretto, un poco – Adagio ma non troppo – Allegretto – Poco Adagio – Tempo di Marcia 6'20
  Charles Tomlinson Griffes
03 Poem for Flute and Orchestra (1918) 9'57
  Carl Reinecke
  Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D major, Op.283 (1908) 17'54
04 I. Allegro molto moderato 7'02
05 II. Lento e mesto 4'44
06 III. Finale. Moderato 6'08
  Cécile Chaminade
07 Concertino för Flute and Orchestra, Op.107 (1902) 7'07
  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
08 Largo and Allegro for two flutes and strings (1863–64) 3'53
  Francis Poulenc
  Flute Sonata (1956–57) 11'15
09 I. Allegro malinconico 4'22
10 II. Cantilena. Assez lent 3'32
11 III. Presto giocoso 3'21
  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
12 The Flight of the Bumblebee (1899–1900) 1'02
  Album total 69'25
ComposerChaminade, Cécile
Griffes, Charles Tomlinson
Nielsen, Carl
Poulenc, Francis
Reinecke, Carl
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
ConductorJarvi (Järvi), Neeme
OrchestraResidentie Orkest Den Haag
FluteBezaly, Sharon

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