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Masterworks for Flute and Piano II

Catalogue numberBIS-1729 SACD
Release date2010-05-20
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time59:23

From Carl Reinecke's Undine Sonata, composed in 1882, to Poulenc's 1957 Flute Sonata this disc brings together five central works in the repertoire for flute and piano, covering a wide range of styles and approaches. Reinecke's work is a musical re-telling of the well-known story of Undine, the water spirit who marries a knight, but is betrayed and takes her revenge on him. Frank Martin's virtuosic Ballade (1939) features an acrobatic flute cadenza, roaming melismas and irrepressible cascades, generating a compelling sense of drama. In 1945, while in exile during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, Martinů composed his Flute Sonata, in which the virtues of his distinct musical language are plain to hear - lyrical lines, a rhythmic drive which is both energetic and lively and an effective use of tone colour. Six years later the bird-lover Messiaen composed Le merle noir, constructed around the song of the blackbird, which he painstakingly noted down and then found the means to imitate on the flute. Poulenc's melodic Sonata, finally, has become a signature work for its composer: its lightness, transparency and sonic refinement have charmed audiences ever since the first performance. Presenting this substantial programme is Sharon Bezaly, one of today's leading flutists, supported by the eminent pianist Ronald Brautigam. The same performers have previously released a highly acclaimed duo disc which Classic FM Magazine described as 'compulsively listenable … Prokofiev's Flute Sonata has never sounded so perkily seductive on disc, nor has Schubert's enchanting set of variations given up its secrets so readily'. In agreement with this, website Classics wrote: 'On the evidence of this sensational disc, it seems clear that Sharon Bezaly is a flutist virtually without peer in the world today'.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Poulenc, Francis
  Sonata for Flute and Piano 26:37
01 I. Allegro malinconico 04:06 $ 0.86 USD
02 II. Cantilena. Assez lent 03:20 $ 0.70 USD
03 III. Presto giocoso 03:08 $ 0.66 USD
  Composer: Martin, Frank
04 Ballade for flute and piano 07:11 $ 1.51 USD
  Composer: Reinecke, Carl
  Sonata ‘Undine’ for Flute and Piano, Op.167 18:05
05 I. Allegro 06:00 $ 1.26 USD
06 II. Intermezzo. Allegretto vivace 03:14 $ 0.68 USD
07 III. Andante tranquillo 03:24 $ 0.71 USD
08 IV. Finale. Allegro molto agitato ed appassionato, quasi
05:27 $ 1.14 USD
  Composer: Martinu, Bohuslav
  Sonata for Flute and Piano 26:37
09 I. Allegro moderato 05:54 $ 1.24 USD
10 II. Adagio 05:28 $ 1.15 USD
11 III. Allegro poco moderato 04:41 $ 0.98 USD
  Composer: Messiaen, Olivier
  Le Merle noir for flute and piano
12 Le merle noir for flute and piano 05:28 $ 1.15 USD
  Album total 59:23
ComposerMartin, Frank
Martinu, Bohuslav
Messiaen, Olivier
Poulenc, Francis
Reinecke, Carl
PianoBrautigam, Ronald
FluteBezaly, Sharon

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