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Cantilena / Marianiello-Reas Duo

Weaver / Alain / Bach / Marianiello-reas Duo
Release Date: 05/10/2011 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1358   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John WeaverRosalie BonightonJehan-Ariste AlainHans Hiller,   ... 
Performer:  Linda MarianielloKeith Reas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marianiello-Reas Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CANTILENA Linda Marianiello (fl); Keith Reas (org) MSR 1358 (79:13)


WEAVER Rhapsody. BONIGHTON Cantilena. ALAIN 3 Movements. HILLER Andante religioso. BACH Sonata in a, BWV 1032. Read more class="COMPOSER12">DUPRÉ Prelude. KIRÁLY 3 Miniatures. LACHNER Elegie. MARTIN Sonata da Chiesa


The Marianiello-Reas duo has recorded a CD subtitled “lyric music for flute and organ.” Compared to many such releases (and there are many!) this is an admirable endeavor, since it is devoid of the typical transcriptions that often fill such discs.


John Weaver (b.1937) was professor of organ at the Juilliard School for many years and has had a longstanding flute/organ duo himself with his wife, Marianne. His Rhapsody (1966) is an excellent, serious work in an extended tonal idiom. The tragically short-lived Jehan Alain (1911–40) saw a great deal of attention in 2011 during his centennial year. Despite the brevity of his working life, he produced a number of organ works of superb quality. Three Movements is not one of his most significant compositions, but it is a very appealing set of three contrasting pieces in his characteristic style. The great Swiss composer Frank Martin’s Sonata da Chiesa (1938) was originally for viola d’amore (or viola) and organ and arranged by the composer for flute a few years later. (Later still he orchestrated the organ part for string orchestra.) I prefer the passionate and rich sound of the viola (or viola d’amore) in this piece, though the duo here gives it a fine performance.


Other works include selections by Australian composer Rosalie Bonighton (a simple Cantilena ); Hungarian Lászlo Király (the most modernist piece on the disc, employing a largely atonal language); French organist and composer Marcel Dupré (in a transcription by Charles Callahan); 19th-century Germans Franz Lachner and Hans Hiller; and one of the Bach flute sonatas. The Hiller is rarely heard but is an attractive romantic offering; it is hugely indebted to Mendelssohn (even ending with a chorale melody), who was a friend.


In addition to their fine playing, Marianiello and Reas are also to be strongly commended for largely avoiding works that are overly familiar. All is recorded well on the Casavant organ of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Though a relatively minor quibble, I should note that there is definitely not enough silence between the different pieces.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Rhapsody for Flute and Organ by John Weaver
Performer:  Linda Marianiello (Flute), Keith Reas (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marianiello-Reas Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  St.Paul's Church, Chattanooga, TN 
2.
Cantilena by Rosalie Bonighton
Performer:  Keith Reas (Organ), Linda Marianiello (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marianiello-Reas Duo
Period: 21st Century 
Written: Australia 
3.
Trois Mouvements for Flute and Piano by Jehan-Ariste Alain
Performer:  Keith Reas (Organ), Linda Marianiello (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marianiello-Reas Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; France 
Notes: Arranged for flute and organ. 
4.
Andante Religioso, Op.6 by Hans Hiller
Performer:  Keith Reas (Organ), Linda Marianiello (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marianiello-Reas Duo
5.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1032 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Keith Reas (Organ), Linda Marianiello (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marianiello-Reas Duo
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranged for flute and organ. 
6.
Prelude for Flute and Organ by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Keith Reas (Organ), Linda Marianiello (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marianiello-Reas Duo
7.
Trois Miniatures by Laszlo Kiraly
Performer:  Keith Reas (Organ), Linda Marianiello (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marianiello-Reas Duo
8.
Elegie for Flute and Organ by Franz Lachner
Performer:  Linda Marianiello (Flute), Keith Reas (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marianiello-Reas Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Germany 
9.
Sonata da chiesa by Frank Martin
Performer:  Linda Marianiello (Flute), Keith Reas (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marianiello-Reas Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Switzerland 

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