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French Delights - for flute and piano

Composer Benjamin Godard
Darius Milhaud
Albert Roussel
Pierre Sancan
Charles-Marie Widor
Performer Sharon Bezaly
Love Derwinger
Barbara Hendricks
Catalogue Number BIS-1639 SACD
EAN 7318599916392
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Oct 2007
Total time 62'29

Opus d'Or, Opus HD Magazine; 5 Diapasons, Diapason
“Resistance is futile.” International Record Review; “Eine einfühlsame, wahrhaft kantable Flötenstimme...“; "Sharon Bezaly offre, une nouvelle fois et pour notre plus grand plaisir, son talent exceptionnel." Opus HD Magazine; “Faultless renditions which are consistently brilliant." Music-Web International; "If you're in the market for some splendid flute music, here's your ticket."; “Un magnífico recital." Scherzo

During long periods the flute has been almost synonymous with France, the country from which the music, the great players and the finest instruments all came. The French flute – whether dreamy as in Debussy’s Syrinx or sprightly as in Poulenc’s Sonata – is simply unmistakeably French, in all its delights. On her new release, renowned flutist Sharon Bezaly – who herself studied in Paris – celebrates this tradition, with a programme consisting of works composed between 1889 and 1946. Among the composers, some – Widor and Milhaud – are more famous than others, but not necessarily for their flute works. (Widor, for instance, is mainly known for his organ compositions.) Others are closely associated with the flute and, indeed, with the works here recorded. Roussel’s Joueurs de flûte is a case in point: a panorama of the flute through the ages in which each of the four movements evokes a mythical flutist, such as the Greek god Pan and the Hindu deity Krishna. Roussel has also composed the settings of two poems by Ronsard, in which Sharon Bezaly is joined by Barbara Hendricks. French Delights is something of a companion piece to a previous Bezaly disc: Café au Lait, a predominantly French flute recital accompanied by Roland Pöntinen. Upon its release that disc, and the artistry of Sharon Bezaly, were highly acclaimed, for instance in French magazine Diapason: ‘The flute turns into the voice of enchantment, a lullaby of the senses or an invitation to dreamfulness, into planing light or the glitter of light on water – an instrument almost too beautiful.’ Here again, with the support of eminent pianist Love Derwinger, Sharon Bezaly displays her prodigious talent.
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  Pierre Sancan
  Sonatine 16'46
01 Sonatine 8'53
  Charles-Marie Widor
  Suite for Flute and Piano, Op.34 16'26
02 I. Moderato 4'13
03 II. Scherzo 2'21
04 III. Romance 4'37
05 IV. Final. Vivace 5'15
  Albert Roussel
  Joueurs de flûte, Op.27 8'52
06 I. Pan 2'53
07 II. Tityre 1'03
08 III. Krishna 3'20
09 IV. Monsieur de la Péjaudie 1'36
  Albert Roussel
  Deux Poèmes de Ronsard, Op.26 8'11
10 I. Rossignol, mon mignon… 4'55
11 II. Ciel, ær et vens… 3'16
  Darius Milhaud
  Sonatine 16'46
12 I. Tendre 3'25
13 II. Souple 1'56
14 III. Clair 2'32
  Benjamin Godard
  Suite de trois morceaux, Op.116 10'07
15 I. Allegretto 1'53
16 II. Idylle 4'07
17 III. Valse 4'07
  Album total 62'29
PianoDerwinger, Love
ComposerGodard, Benjamin
Milhaud, Darius
Roussel, Albert
Sancan, Pierre
Widor, Charles-Marie
FluteBezaly, Sharon
SopranoHendricks, Barbara

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