Masterworks for Flute and Piano

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Masterworks for Flute and Piano

Awards:

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - June 2006

Label:

BIS

Catalogue No:

BISSACD1429
(BIS-SACD-1429)

Discs:

1

Release date:

27th Feb 2006

Barcode:

7318599914299

Length:

62 minutes

Medium:

SACD (download also available)

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel
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Masterworks for Flute and Piano


Dutilleux:

Sonatine for flute & piano

Jolivet:

Chant de Linos

Prokofiev:

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a

Schubert:

Introduction and Variations on 'Trockne Blumen' from Die Schöne Müllerin D802


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Sergey Prokofiev: Flute Sonata in D major, Op. 94

I. Moderato

II. Scherzo: Presto

III. Andante

IV. Allegro con brio

Franz Schubert: Introduction and Variations on Trockne Blumen from Die schone Mullerin, Op. 160, D. 802

Introduction: Andante

Theme: Andantino

Variation I

Variation II

Variation III

Variation IV

Variation V

Variation VI

Variation VII

Henri Dutilleux: Sonatine

Sonatine

Andre Jolivet: Chant de Linos

Chant de Linos

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“The glowing richness of Sharon Bezaly's tone is immediately striking. It may be something of an acquired taste compared to the greater coolness of many of her contemporaries but it proves seductive in this enterprising programme. The Schubert Variations take as their theme the tragic 'Trockne Blumen' from Die schöne Müllerin.
Outwardly this is an unlikely choice for a set of virtuoso variations but it's far from the vapid fripperies beloved of many a third-rate 19th-century composer, with Schubert brilliantly transforming his original, to end in a triumphant blaze of light. Bezaly is most persuasive, avoiding the sense that this is a mere technical showpiece in even the most noteheavy variations.
The Prokofiev Sonata, here reclaimed for the flute, is light and fast on its feet. There are more dramatically contrasted readings around but none that offers more scintillating brilliance.
Bezaly is particularly effective in the Scherzo, taken at lightning speed, with the upward glissandi impeccably played, while she makes much of the exoticism of the sinuous middle section.
In the Andante she plays the throaty seductress to perfection. Throughout, Brautigam is an unobtrusively supportive partner.
The Dutilleux Sonatina dates from the same year (1943) and is a tightly knit three-movement structure originally designed as a test piece for the Paris Conservatoire. The composer has long dismissed it but it's easy to hear why it remains so popular among flautists, especially in this intensely felt performance, Bezaly darting from bar to bar in the animé finale, as if eluding capture.
Jolivet's Chant de Linos has a simple beauty in Bezaly's hands. Overall, a fine disc, matched by ideally warm SACD sound.”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2006

“The glowing richness of Sharon Bezaly's tone is immediately striking. The Prokofiev Sonata, here reclaimed for the flute, is light and fast on its feet. The Dutilleux Sonatina… is a tightly knit three-movement structure… it's easy to hear why it remains so popular among flautists, especially in this intensely felt performance, Bezaly darting from bar to bar in the animé finale, as if eluding capture.”

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