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Gaubert: Complete Works For Flute Vol 3 / Smith, Pinkas


Release Date: 03/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557307   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Philippe GaubertWolfgang Amadeus MozartAndré CampraLuigi Boccherini,   ... 
Performer:  Fenwick SmithSally Pinkas
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the third Naxos volume Fenwick Smith and Sally Pinkas have recorded of Gaubert’s flute music. The previous volumes have been reviewed on this site and contain a good deal of the biographical detail necessary to acquaint one with the life of the composer, so I’ll stick to the music. As mentioned in these reviews, the shadow of Debussy looms heavily over these works, which is not necessarily a negative dependence. The opening strains of Soir sur la plaine of the Deux esquisses that open this disc practically flash a neon sign pointing to Prélude a l’après-midi d’un faune. After this, the piece opens up to a beautifully expressive theme narrated by the flute and supported by the piano.

The works here aren’t
Read more as lushly lovely as those in Volume 1 of this series but are pleasant nonetheless. The opening Deux Esquisses fit well into the infatuation that Europe had at the time with the East, with the heavily romanticised versions of Oriental and Middle Eastern melodies and tonalities.

The following Nocturne et Allegro brings us back from faraway lands and begins with a gorgeous introduction in the flute’s lower register, before moving into a more proclamatory range. The balance between Pinkas and Smith is precise and wonderfully well-maintained. The sound is soothing and less brassy than, for example, that on Cantilena with Laurel Zucker, which I reviewed earlier.

The following Sicilienne is a short, flowing piece in triple meter that has an element, perhaps, of Brahms in his lighter moments, serving as an interlude of sorts before the longer Romance of 1905, which extends itself gracefully, moving without effort through its motivic material.

The second Romance, composed in 1908 is a much shorter statement, with not nearly the length of span that the earlier piece has but certainly has its appeal. Rather than the larger statement that the earlier Romance was, this is a pleasant salon work that nevertheless contains substance — the development section around 2:00 shows that this is more than a mere off-the-cuff piece.

Of the remaining works, the Fantaisie has special appeal. Again, the soundworld is that of Debussy — Afternoon of a Faun haunts this piece as it does the first work on this disc. The material develops into something more than pastiche, though, with a heartfelt middle section, played beautifully and with languid restraint by Smith and Pinkas. What may show to be of greatest interest to many are the transcriptions of works of other composers for flute and piano. Some of them seem a touch on the utilitarian side, such as the first included here, a transcription from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Boccherini’s minuet from the Quintet in E receives a pleasant treatment as the third of the transcriptions included here. Little information regarding these transcriptions is included in the liner-notes, but these remain lovely additions to flute repertoire of composers who, in Gaubert’s time, languished in obscurity.

This third disc continues the excellent standard of recording that the earlier volumes set. Fans of Romantic era flute music need not hesitate to add this disc to their collections, and opera fans might also risk a gamble regarding the transcriptions, which have their world premiere recording here.

-- David Blomenberg, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Esquisses (2) for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2003 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Nocturne and Allegro Scherzando for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; France 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2003 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Siciliene for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2003 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4.
Romance for Flute and Piano (1905) by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 01/06/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Romance for Flute and Piano (1908) by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano), Fenwick Smith (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Date of Recording: 01/06/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
6.
Fantasie for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2003 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7.
Sur l'eau for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2003 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8.
Ballade for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano), Fenwick Smith (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Date of Recording: 01/06/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
9.
Berceuse for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 01/06/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
10.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: O Isis und Osiris by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/25/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philippe Gaubert. 
11.
L'Europe galante: Menuet vif et gigue by André Campra
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1697; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/25/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philippe Gaubert. 
12.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in E major, Op. 11 no 5/G 275: 3rd movement, Minuet in A by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/25/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philippe Gaubert. 
13.
La fausse magie: Musette vive by André Modeste Grétry
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; France 
Date of Recording: 01/25/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philippe Gaubert. 
14.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/25/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philippe Gaubert. 
15.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/25/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philippe Gaubert. 
16.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/25/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philippe Gaubert. 
17.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/25/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philippe Gaubert. 
18.
Gavotte by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 01/25/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philippe Gaubert. 
19.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012: 4th movement, Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/25/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philippe Gaubert. 
20.
Zärtliche Liebe, WoO 123 "Ich liebe dich" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano), Fenwick Smith (Flute)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/25/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philippe Gaubert. 
21.
Trio Sonatas (7) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 2 in D major, HWV 397 - March by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano), Fenwick Smith (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/25/2004 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Philippe Gaubert.
Composition written: London, England (Circa 1737 - Circa 1738). 

Sound Samples

2 Esquisses: No. 1. Soir sur la plaine (Evening on the Plain)
2 Esquisses: No. 2. Orientale
Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando: Nocturne
Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando: Allegro scherzando
Sicilienne: (arr. flute and piano)
Romance
Invocation (based on Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492): Invocation (based on Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492)
Menuet vif et gigue (based on Campra's L'Europe galante): Menuet vif et gigue (based on Campra's L'Europe galante)
Minuet (based on Boccherini's String Quintet in E major, Op. 11, No. 5, movement 3): Minuet (based on Boccherini's String Quintet in E major, Op. 11, No. 5, movement 3)
Musette vive (based on Gretry's La fausse magie): Musette vive (based on Gretry's La fausse magie)
Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits (based on Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II): Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits (based on Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II)
Prelude No. 15 (based on Chopin's Prelude No. 15 in D flat major, Op., 28, No. 15): Prelude No. 15 (based on Chopin's Prelude No. 15 in D flat major, Op., 28, No. 15)
Impromptu No. 3 (based on Schubert's Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 90, D. 899): Impromptu No. 3 (based on Schubert's Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 90, D. 899)
Kinderszenen (Scenes of childhood), Op. 15: VII. Traumerei (Dreaming): (arr. P. Gaubert)
Gavotte en rondeau (based on Lully's Les ballets du roi): Gavotte en rondeau (based on Lully's Les ballets du roi)
Sarabande (based on J.S. Bach's Cello Suite No.1, BWV 1007, movement 4): Sarabande (based on J.S. Bach's Cello Suite No.1, BWV 1007, movement 4)
Melodie (based on Beethoven's Zartliche Liebe, WoO 123): Melodie (based on Beethoven's Zartliche Liebe, WoO 123)
Petite marche (based on Handel's Trio Sonata, Op. 5, No. 2, HWV 397, movement 4): Petite marche (based on Handel's Trio Sonata, Op. 5, No. 2, HWV 397, movement 4)
Romance: Assez lent
Fantaisie: Moderato, quasi fantasia - Vif
Sur l'eau: Sur l'eau (On the Water): Alla barcarolla, moderato
Ballade: I. Andantino
Ballade: II. Vif et joyeux
Berceuse: Moderato quasi allegretto

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