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Bridge across the Pyrenees - Flute Concertos

Composer Francois Borne
Jacques Ibert
Joaquín Rodrigo
Performer Sharon Bezaly
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
John Neschling, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1559 SACD
EAN 7318599915593
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Oct 2006
Total time 56'50

Classics Today 10/10; Gramophone: outstanding.

Separated by the Pyrenees, the musical milieus of Spain and France have sometimes been like oil and water – or maybe like oil and wine. It took Bizet's opera Carmen to open the ears of the French to the Spanish rhythms and inflections which were to become so important to so many composers after him, from Debussy to Ibert. On the present disc, Carmen – in the guise of Borne's Fantaisie brillante – plays a similar role, creating a bridge between Rodrigo's Concierto pastoral and Ibert's Flute Concerto, two of last century's main concertante works for the flute. Soloist Sharon Bezaly will hardly need a closer presentation after her highly praised recordings of the past couple of years. Her recital with pianist Ronald Brautigam (BIS-SACD-1429) and her recording of Mozart's concertos (BIS-SACD-153901) have garnered such high praise and so many distinctions that it would be impossible to list them – suffice it to say that the reviewers have called her 'a sorceress of timbres', 'God's gift to the flute', 'a First Lady among equals' and a 'graceful Mozartean, with limpid tone, an impish sense of humour, and sometimes staggering breath control.’ The present recording was made with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and conductor John Neschling, whose performances of the music of Brazilian composers Guarnieri, Mignone, Braga and Santoro have been praised for their vitality, rhythmic vigour and wide range of colours – all qualities that should be just the thing for building a bridge across the Pyrenees.
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  Joaquín Rodrigo
  Concierto pastoral 25'12
01 I. Allegro 7'33
02 II. Adagio 11'21
03 III. Rondo. Allegro 6'18
  François Borne
04 Fantaisie brillante sur des airs de Carmen 11'09
  Jacques Ibert
  Concerto for Flute and Orchestra 19'03
05 I. Allegro 4'30
06 II. Andante 6'34
07 III. Allegro scherzando 7'59
  Album total 56'50
FluteBezaly, Sharon
OrchestraSão Paulo Symphony Orchestra
ConductorNeschling, John
ComposerBorne, François
Ibert, Jacques
Rodrigo, Joaquín

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