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French Delights

Catalogue numberBIS-1639 SACD
Release date2007-10-20
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time62:29

Music Web International: outstanding; International Record Review: outstanding; Klassik Heute: outstanding.

During long periods the flute has been almost synonymous with France, the country from which the music, the great players and the finest instruments all came. The French flute – whether dreamy as in Debussy’s Syrinx or sprightly as in Poulenc’s Sonata – is simply unmistakeably French, in all its delights. On her new release, renowned flutist Sharon Bezaly – who herself studied in Paris – celebrates this tradition, with a programme consisting of works composed between 1889 and 1946. Among the composers, some – Widor and Milhaud – are more famous than others, but not necessarily for their flute works. (Widor, for instance, is mainly known for his organ compositions.) Others are closely associated with the flute and, indeed, with the works here recorded. Roussel’s Joueurs de flûte is a case in point: a panorama of the flute through the ages in which each of the four movements evokes a mythical flutist, such as the Greek god Pan and the Hindu deity Krishna. Roussel has also composed the settings of two poems by Ronsard, in which Sharon Bezaly is joined by Barbara Hendricks. French Delights is something of a companion piece to a previous Bezaly disc: Café au Lait, a predominantly French flute recital accompanied by Roland Pöntinen. Upon its release that disc, and the artistry of Sharon Bezaly, were highly acclaimed, for instance in French magazine Diapason: ‘The flute turns into the voice of enchantment, a lullaby of the senses or an invitation to dreamfulness, into planing light or the glitter of light on water – an instrument almost too beautiful.’ Here again, with the support of eminent pianist Love Derwinger, Sharon Bezaly displays her prodigious talent.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Sancan, Pierre
  Sonatine 16:46
01 Sonatine 08:53 $ 0.93 USD
  Composer: Widor, Charles-Marie
  Suite for Flute and Piano, Op.34 16:26
02 I. Moderato 04:13 $ 0.44 USD
03 II. Scherzo 02:21 $ 0.25 USD
04 III. Romance 04:37 $ 0.48 USD
05 IV. Final. Vivace 05:15 $ 0.55 USD
  Composer: Roussel, Albert
  Joueurs de flûte, Op.27 08:52
06 I. Pan 02:53 $ 0.30 USD
07 II. Tityre 01:03 $ 0.11 USD
08 III. Krishna 03:20 $ 0.35 USD
09 IV. Monsieur de la Péjaudie 01:36 $ 0.17 USD
  Composer: Roussel, Albert
  Deux Poèmes de Ronsard, Op.26 08:11
10 I. Rossignol, mon mignon… 04:55 $ 0.52 USD
11 II. Ciel, ær et vens… 03:16 $ 0.34 USD
  Composer: Milhaud, Darius
  Sonatine 16:46
12 I. Tendre 03:25 $ 0.36 USD
13 II. Souple 01:56 $ 0.20 USD
14 III. Clair 02:32 $ 0.27 USD
  Composer: Godard, Benjamin
  Suite de trois morceaux, Op.116 10:07
15 I. Allegretto 01:53 $ 0.20 USD
16 II. Idylle 04:07 $ 0.43 USD
17 III. Valse 04:07 $ 0.43 USD
  Album total 62:29
PianoDerwinger, Love
ComposerGodard, Benjamin
Milhaud, Darius
Roussel, Albert
Sancan, Pierre
Widor, Charles-Marie
FluteBezaly, Sharon
SopranoHendricks, Barbara

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