Mercadante: Flute Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 4

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Mercadante: Flute Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 4



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25th Nov 2013




57 minutes


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Mercadante: Flute Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 4


Concerto for Flute & Orchestra in E minor

Flute Concerto in G major

Concerto for Flute & Orchestra in E major

Patrick Gallois (flute & conductor)

Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä



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Saverio Mercadante was one of Italy’s ground-breaking composers in the development of opera, admired by contemporaries such as Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini and Verdi. But during the years 1814 to 1820, inspired by fellow conservatoire students and their virtuoso teachers, he embarked on a series of works for the flute. They include seven concertos, happy exceptions to the rule in opera-obsessed Italy of the day. The solo writing is vividly characterised, full of technical demands perfectly adapted to the instrument’s then more limited capabilities and permeated with a rich bel canto lyricism.

Saverio Mercadante: Flute Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 57

I. Allegro maestoso

II. Adagio

III. Rondo russo: Allegro giusto

Saverio Mercadante: Flute Concerto No. 4 in G Major

I. [Allegro maestoso]

II. Largo espressivo

III. Polacca brillante

Saverio Mercadante: Flute Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 49

I. [Allegro maestoso]

II. Largo (cadenza by Patrick Gallois)

III. Polacca brillante

MusicWeb International

13th January 2014

“Mercadante offers a series of well-crafted flute works, unsurprisingly based on the stylisations of bel canto opera, set within the fast-slow-fast structure typical of the era...Mercadante's works are rendered even more attractive by the considerable skill and commitment of the Rome Symphony Orchestra under the expert guidance of La Vecchia”

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