Chaminade, Griffes, Nielsen, Poulenc, Reinecke, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky - Great Works for Flute and Orchestra - Sharon Bezaly, Hague Residentie Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi - 2013 (SACD-R, ISO)

Chaminade, Griffes, Nielsen, Poulenc, Reinecke, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky – Great Works for Flute and Orchestra – Sharon Bezaly, Hague Residentie Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi – 2013 (SACD-R, ISO)

Composer: Cécile Chaminade, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Carl August Nielsen, Francis Poulenc, Carl Reinecke, Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Sharon Bezaly – flute
Orchestra: Hague Residentie Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
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Sharon Bezaly, Hague Residentie Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi
/ Chaminade, Griffes, Nielsen, Poulenc, Reinecke, Rimsky Korsakov, Tchaikovsky – Great Works for Flute and Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine November 2013 Editor’s Choice

Gramophone Awards 2014 Shortlisted – Concerto

Nielsen: Flute Concerto, FS119 16:28

01. I. Allegro moderato 9:56
02. II. Allegretto – Adagio ma non troppo – Tempo di marcia 6:32

03. Griffes: Poem 10:07

Reinecke: Flute Concerto in D major, Op. 283 18:19

04. I. Allegro molto moderato 7:09
05. II. Lento e mesto 4:50
06. III. Finale: Moderato 6:20

07. Chaminade: Concertino for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 107 7:14

08. Tchaikovsky: Largo and Allegro in D major (arr. E. Sauter for flute and strings) 4:01

Poulenc: Flute Sonata, Op. 164 11:36

09. I. Allegro malinconico 4:30
10. II. Cantilena: Assez lent 3:36
11. III. Presto giocoso 3:30

12. Rimsky Korsakov: Flight of the Bumble Bee 1:34

Recorded: August 2007
Recording Venue: Dr Anton Philipszaal, The Hague, The Netherlands

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.

Gramophone Magazine

[the Nielsen] merits the supreme artistry that Shraon Bezaly brings to it, both in terms of deft, discerningly harnessed virtuosity and in her supple, sinuous shaping of the music. Neeme Jarvi and the Residentie Orkest Den Haag astutely etch in the lively, spicy instrumental context

MusicWeb International

What is great about this disc is the startling playing of Sharon Bezaly. It is not that she grandstands in any way, she is just a phenomenally gifted flautist…The [Nielsen] has never been better recorded technically: that at least is certain.



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