Spellbound - Flute Concertos


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Spellbound - Flute Concertos



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2nd Feb 2009




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Spellbound - Flute Concertos


Flute Concerto ‘Callisto’

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins


The Deceitful Face of Hope and of Despair - Concerto for flute and large orchestra

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Mario Venzago


Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra

Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Anne Manson


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“Anyone who has yet to encounter the playing of the astonishing young flautist Sharon Bezaly should do so without delay. She makes a sensational sound, can play anything from Bach to contemporary…” Classic FM Magazine

Sharon Bezaly has been recognized not only for her superb gifts as a musician, but also for her commitment to her instrument and its repertoire. She has inspired numerous composers to compose directly for her, and makes it a priority to perform these works all over the world, as well as recording them. To date no less than 15 flute concertos have been dedicated to her, and on Spellbound three of these are gathered.

On Spellbound, Sharon Bezaly interprets works by three female composers: Sofia Gubaidulina, Sally Beamish and Mari Takano. All three concertos were dedicated to Sharon Bezaly and the result is a triptych of three highly personal pieces joined together by the spellbinding artistry of the flautist.

Sofia Gubaidulina: The Deceitful Face of Hope and Despair

The Deceitful Face of Hope and Despair

Mari Takano: Flute Concerto

I. Chicago

II. The Only Flower in the World

III. Walking

Sally Beamish: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma"

I. Callisto and Diana: Allegretto - Allegro

II. Callisto and Juno: Adagio

III. Callisto and Arcas: Andante - Allegro

BBC Music Magazine

March 2009


“…Sharon Bezaly plays - stunningly well…”

Gramophone Magazine

March 2009

“This disc is a powerful tribute to Sharon Bezaly's remarkable gifts (all three works are dedicated to her): and BIS shows commendable enterprise in issuing such a wide-ranging selection of contemporary works, in excellent recordings of persuasive performances. It deserves every success.”

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