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Mozart: Flute Concertos - Symphonies 39, 40, 25, 29, 32

Hubert Barwahser

Symphonic Music - Released February 7, 2020 | Decca

Three Philips albums of Mozart from the early years of Sir Colin Davis’s half-century association with the London Symphony Orchestra, including several recordings new to CD. Known as a peerless interpreter of Berlioz, Sibelius and Tippett, Sir Colin Davis was devoted above all to the music of Mozart. Symphonies, concertos and serenades by Mozart formed much the largest part of Davis’s early discography with several labels and ensembles. ‘He simply knew how Mozart should go,’ recalled the film director Humphrey Burton after the conductor’s death in 2013. A landmark event in his career occurred in 1959, when he took over performances of Don Giovanni in London from Carlo Maria Giulini, and record labels soon took notice of his Mozartian gifts and inclinations. He began to work regularly with the LSO in the early 1960s, and it was a relationship that quickly bore fruit in the recording studio with Symphonies Nos. 39 and 40, which also marked the beginning of the 40-year-long relationship between the conductor and the Dutch Philips label. Symphonies Nos. 25, 29 and 32 followed in 1964, likewise newly minted, rhythmically buoyant and quite foreign to the ‘grand old man’ style of Mozart playing then prevalent, and which Davis himself cultivated to a degree in the latter stages of his career. These recordings were welcomed as ‘young man’s Mozart’, respecting tradition but not in hock to it, reflecting Harold Rosenthal’s early praise of Davis in the pit: ‘‘Not since the departure from London of [Erich] Kleiber have we heard a Mozart opera directed with such musicality, style and rhythm, or so beautifully shaped.’ The third LP reissued in this generous compilation contained the two concertos written by Mozart for the flute: an instrument for which he apparently held no great affection, but produced all the same two works of boundless invention. The soloist was the Dutch-born, German flautist Hubert Barwahser (1906-1985) who had been recording for Philips since the label’s earliest days, both as a soloist and as principal flautist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)

Dreamtime (Penderecki, Mozart, Busoni...)

Emmanuel Pahud

Classical - Released October 25, 2019 | Warner Classics

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Müller : Flute Concertos 1, 3 & 10

Tatjana Ruhland

Classical - Released January 18, 2019 | CPO

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J.S. Bach : Sonatas for flute and harpsichord

Marc HantaÏ

Duets - Released January 26, 2018 | Mirare

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The Hantaï brothers – Marc on traverso and Pierre on the harpsichord – give us here everything Bach “really” composed for flute and harpsichord, as some possible falsely attributed works are not featured here. Compared to the violin – which counts six sonatas and partitas for solo violin and six sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord – the transverse flute may look like the forgotten sibling in the Kantor’s works. But at the time the transverse flute was still a very recent instrument, that had just come (back) from France (where it was called the “German flute”) and Bach only started using it in his cantatas around 1721-1722, and therefore only had a very limited dedicated repertoire. These four sonatas are anything but a collection. Two are missing to reach the sacred number of six. Furthermore, they were composed over a period of twenty years. And while one may be tempted to confer them the balance and symmetry desired by the arranger – two sonatas with obbligato harpsichord (BWV1034 and 1035), two with basso continuo (1030 and 1032), two in minor, two in major, two in three movements, two in four, two in E, and two fifths ascending or descending from this central E, etc. –, all of it might be merely fortuitous; they are rather a “blended” family. However these works for flute have in common the fact of being clouded by great uncertainty – whether it is about their chronology, the date of composition, the intended recipient, their form, their main instrumentation, their creation… So all is left for the listener is to experience them, performed here on a flute made by Joannes Hyacinth Rottenburgh (first half of the 18th century) from Brussels, and a harpsichord after Mietke (Berlin) made in 1702. © SM/Qobuz

Empfindsam (Kinberger, Quantz, C.Ph. Bach, Benda)

Linde Brunmayr-Tutz

Classical - Released January 20, 2017 | Fra Bernardo

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Trios et Duos pour flûtes, mandolines et basse continue

Tesoro Harmonico

Classical - Released July 1, 2013 | Tactus

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J.C.F. Bach : Sonatas for Traverso and Fortepiano

Marcello Gatti

Chamber Music - Released June 5, 2006 | Glossa

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The Art of the Solo Flute: Vincent Lucas

Vincent Lucas

Classical - Released February 25, 2014 | Indésens

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À l'aube du romantisme

Juliette Hurel

Classical - Released September 23, 2013 | naïve classique

Grandes œuvres pour flûte & orchestre (Great Works for Flute & Orchestra)

Sharon Bezaly

Classical - Released August 27, 2013 | BIS

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The recordings on Sweden's BIS label by Israeli-born flutist Sharon Bezaly have exposed a great deal of neglected and often highly virtuosic repertory, much of its brought within reach by Bezaly's unusual circular breathing technique. She's a remarkable flutist, but it's her repertory selection that really sets her apart from the crowd. She actually throws in some chestnuts, like Cécile Chaminade's Concertino for flute and orchestra, Op. 107, this time around, but the highlight is a really nifty and unknown little work: the Flute Concert in D major, Op. 283, of Carl Reinecke, composed in 1908. Its three movements reduce Wagnerian language to a compact concerto in all kinds of ingenious ways. Sample the first movement, where the flute provides a charming pastoral element against a varying backdrop. The other works are each characteristic of their composer, even including the very early Largo and Allegro for flute and strings of Tchaikovsky. This was a student work originally for two flutes and orchestra, and it's a bit frustrating to find out in the booklet not about the arrangement heard here, but about a different one. The Lennox Berkeley arrangement of Poulenc's Flute Sonata, not an easy work to transfer to orchestra, is more satisfactorily explained, and veteran conductor Neeme Järvi, leading the Residentie Orkest den Haag, catches its many subtle details. This is a thoroughly enjoyable program of flute music of the early 20th century, of the sort that has become Bezaly's fortunate trademark.© TiVo

Flûte Panorama

Michel Debost

Chamber Music - Released January 1, 1993 | Skarbo


Debussy, Martin, Bartók, Fedele & Hindemith: Flute Music

Sophie Cherrier

Chamber Music - Released August 1, 2004 | Skarbo


Romantic Works for Flute and Piano (Widor, Gounod, Massenet, Schubert...)

Atsuko Koga

Chamber Music - Released July 30, 2013 | Genuin


Concertos pour flûte

Mary Oleskiewicz

Classical - Released July 1, 2013 | Naxos

American Baroque flutist Mary Oleskiewicz has established herself as a specialist in the music of Johann Joachim Quantz, not only performing it but discovering a cross-section of pieces that were hidden in various libraries. Quantz's name is ubiquitous in discussions of German musical life in the middle of the 18th century, but his actual music, almost all of it for flute, was virtually unknown until Oleskiewicz came along. The four concertos heard here are pleasant examples of the galant style, with mostly major-key slow movements that highlight the gentle sound of Oleskiewicz's wooden Baroque flutes. The music suffers a bit in comparison with Telemann, the nearest comparison for these chamber-sized works; the flute writing is naturally enough elegant (not brilliant), but memorable tunes are rare. The strongest points on the album lie in its various authentic touches. The Flute Concerto in C minor, QV 5:38, which was Quantz's last work (it was actually completed by his student, Frederick the Great, after his death), is played with a one-instrument-per-part accompaniment known to have been favored by Frederick in his later years. This has a suitably haunting effect. Naxos' studio recording on the Hungarian home ground of conductor Miklós Spányi and Concerto Armonico is sympathetic, and in general this release can be recommended to those interested in early flute music. © TiVo

Nine Notes that Shook the World

Mindy Rosenfeld

Chamber Music - Released June 3, 2013 | Sono Luminus

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Wassermusik (Musique de table)

Stefano Bagliano

Chamber Music - Released January 8, 2008 | Stradivarius

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Mais voici que Pan de sa flûte… recommence à jouer

Anne-Catherine Picca

Chamber Music - Released March 24, 2014 | Polymnie


Sonates, canzonas et sinfonias

Laura Pontecorvo

Classical - Released December 1, 2012 | Brilliant Classics


12 Concertos pour flûte à bec

Corina Marti

Concertos - Released August 14, 2012 | Brilliant Classics

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Concertos pour flûte

Frank Theuns

Classical - Released June 4, 2012 | Accent

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