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The Expressive Voice Of The Flute

Smith / Rhodes
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 21222   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSir Edward ElgarHoward BlakeWilliam Lloyd Webber,   ... 
Performer:  Kenneth SmithPaul Rhodes
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 25 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



THE EXPRESSIVE VOICE OF THE FLUTE Kenneth Smith (fl); Paul Rhodes (pn) DIVINE ART 2122 (2 CDs: 145:44)


Selections by German, French, English, Russian, and Rumanian composers as well as traditional melodies


Flutist Kenneth Smith and pianist Paul Rhodes give a two-disc recital that contains some of the most calming music imaginable. Disc One features short pieces by British composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar, Howard Blake, Percy Grainger, William Lloyd-Webber, Cyril Scott, Peter Lamb, Read more Frederick Delius, Gerald Finzi, William Walton, and Malcolm Arnold. While most readers will be familiar with the work of Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Delius, Walton, and Arnold, they might like to know more about the lesser-known composers. Howard Blake has written scores for children’s films, William Lloyd-Webber was the father of Andrew, and Cyril Scott was known as “The English Debussy.” I particularly enjoyed the Finzi Bagatelles because they were played with more variety of dynamics and tempo than most of the other selections. Blake’s Walking on Air is a rather new piece that has a delightful melody and should soon be better known. Smith and Rhodes give us delightfully piquant versions of the traditional folk tunes: Skye Boat Song, Music in the Street , and Golden Slumbers.


The second disc contains pieces by a much wider variety of composers. Smith and Rhodes play Debussy’s Clair de Lune with a languid quality that encourages daydreams. For flutists, it also suggests excellent breath control. The title The Expressive Flute certainly applies to Smith and Rhodes’s lustrous renditions of vocal works like Mendelssohn’s On Wings of Song , Rimsky Korsakov’s Chant Hindou (also known as The Song of India ), and Offenbach’s Barcarolle . Their arrangements are enthralling and they convey the meanings of these pieces without reference to their texts. Their playing of The Flight of the Bumblebee is one minute and nine seconds of pure virtuosity from both players. May it inspire young flutists to work toward achieving this goal! Smith and Rhodes follow it with a slow section from Khachaturian’s Spartacus that gives the listener a needed change of pace, as do Grieg’s Last Spring and Fauré’s lullaby. They play Chopin’s Minute Waltz fast, but not at breakneck speed, so it takes a minute and a half. With Borodin’s exquisite Nocturne and Debussy’s picture of a beautiful blonde, The Girl with the Flaxen Hair , they remind us that composers of the past appreciated the gifts of nature.


Listeners may be surprised to hear the Hora Staccato played on a flute instead of the violin for which it was written, but it works very well. The disc concludes with Monti’s tantalizing Czárdás , which gradually increases speed to provide a rousing finale to this excellent two-disc set. The most comparable recordings are by James Galway, who plays Fauré’s Lullaby, Clair de Lune , and The Flight of the Bumblebee with orchestra. The sound on the Smith and Rhodes recording is clear and present with the flute in front of the piano. The first disc could be background music for an afternoon social gathering, but the second is more suited to more directed listening. Both are valuable for flutists who may want to play some of these selections at their recitals.


FANFARE: Maria Nockin
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Performing Arts Centre, St. Swithun's Sc 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Chanson de matin, Op. 15 no 2 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
La capricieuse, Op. 17 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; England 
Date of Recording: 08/2007 
Venue:  Performing Arts Centre, St. Swithun's Sc 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4.
Granpa, film score: Make Believe by Howard Blake
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Two Country Impressions: 1. Mulberry Cottage by William Lloyd Webber
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6.
Two Country Impressions: 2. Frensham Pond by William Lloyd Webber
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
7.
Lotus Land for piano, Op. 47/1 (W 183) by Cyril Scott
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1905; United Kingdom 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8.
English Air for flute & piano by Peter Lamb
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Performing Arts Centre, St. Swithun's Sc 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9.
Nursery Suite, for orchestra: The Serious Doll by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1930 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Leighton Park School, Reading, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10.
Koanga: La Calinda by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895-1897; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Leighton Park School, Reading, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
11.
Henry V, a Musical Scenario after Shakespeare, for narrators & orchestra: Touch her Soft Lips and Pa by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1988 
Date of Recording: 08/2007 
Venue:  Performing Arts Centre, St. Swithun's Sc 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
12.
Walking in the Air, song, Op. 317a (for the film "The Snowman") by Howard Blake
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1981 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
13.
Over the Sea to Skye (a.k.a. "The Skye Boat Song") by Traditional
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Written: Scotland 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
14.
The Dancing Master: Golden Slumbers by Anonymous
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1719 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
15.
Sonatina for Flute and Piano, Op. 19: Allegretto by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
16.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
17.
Menuet, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 2), L. 75/2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1890-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
18.
Songs (6), Op. 34: no 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
19.
Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
20.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
21.
Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1889; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
22.
Sadko, opera in 3 (or 5) acts: Chant Hindu by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
23.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
24.
Spartacus: Adagio by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1968; USSR 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
25.
Elegiac Melodies (2) for orchestra (or piano), Op. 34: Våren (Last Spring) from Op. 33/2 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
26.
Dolly, Op. 56: no 1, Berceuse by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
27.
Tambourin, for flute & orchestra by François Joseph Gossec
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1760-1829; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
28.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
29.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
30.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
31.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major: 3rd movement, Andante "Nocturne" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
32.
La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
33.
Hora staccato, for violin & piano (or orchestra) by Grigoras Dinicu
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1906; Romania 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
34.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
35.
Csárdás by Vittorio Monti
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
36.
Music in the Street, for flute & piano by Paul Rhodes
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
37.
Brigg Fair by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906/1911; England 
Date of Recording: 08/2007 
Venue:  Performing Arts Centre, St. Swithun's Sc 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
38.
Bagatelles (5) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 23 by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941-1943; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 14 Minutes 30 Secs. 
39.
Le Basque et double, for viola da gamba & continuo in A major (Pièces de viole, Book IV, Nos. 39-40) by Marin Marais
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
40.
Walking Tune, for piano (RMTB 3) by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1900-1905; Australia 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  St. Mary's Church, Burghfield 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Fantasia on Greensleeves (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Chanson de matin, Op. 15, No. 2 (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
La capricieuse, Op. 17 (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano)
Granpa: Make Believe (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Brigg Fair (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Country Impressions (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano): I. Mulberry Cottage
Country Impressions (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano): II. Frensham Pond
2 Pieces, Op. 47: No. 1. Lotus Land (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
English Air
5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano): I. Prelude
5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano): II. Romanza
5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano): III. Carol
5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano): IV. Forlana
5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano): V. Fughetta
Nursery Suite: No. 2. Serious Doll (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano)
Koanga, Act II: La Calinda (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano)
Henry V - Touch her soft lips and part (arr. E. Fenby for flute and piano)
The Snowman: Walking in the Air (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
The Skye Boat Song (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Music in the Street (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
The Dancing Master: Golden Slumbers (May Fair) (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Concertino for Flute and Strings, Op. 19a: III. Allegretto (arr. for flute and piano)
Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune (arr. A. Roelens and M. Moyse for violin and piano): Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune (arr. A. Roelens and M. Moyse for flute and piano)
Petite suite (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano): Petite suite: III. Menuet (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano)
6 Gesange, Op. 34 (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano): 6 Gesange, Op. 34: No. 2. Auf Flugeln des Gesanges (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Schon Rosmarin (arr. K. Smith and for flute and piano)
Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood), Op. 15 (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano): Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood), Op. 15: No. 7. Traumerei (Dreaming) (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano)
Salut d'amour, Op. 12, "Liebesgruss" (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Sadko (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano): Sadko, Act I: Song of the Indian Guest (Chant hindou)(arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op. 57 (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano): Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumble Bee (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Spartacus (arr. J. Galway for flute and piano): Spartacus: Adagio (arr. J. Galway for flute and piano)
2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano): 2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34: No. 2. Varen (Last Spring) (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano): Dolly Suite, Op. 56: I. Berceuse (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Tambourin (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Liebestraume, S541/R211 (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano): Liebestraume, S541/R211: No. 3. Nocturne in A-Flat Major (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Les contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano): Les contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), Act II: Entr'acte: Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour, "Barcarolle" (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Waltz No. 6 in D-Flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1, "Minute" (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
String Quartet No. 2 in D Major (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano): String Quartet No. 2 in D Major, III. Notturno: Andante (arr. P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Prelude, Book 1: VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin (arr. K. Smith and P. Rhodes for flute and piano)
Hora staccato (arr. K. Smith and J. Heifetz for flute and piano)
3 Gymnopedies (arr. for flute and piano): No. 1. Lent et douloureux
3 Gymnopedies (arr. for flute and piano): No. 2. Lent et triste
3 Gymnopedies (arr. for flute and piano): No. 3. Lent et grave
Le basque (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano)
Walking Tune (arr. B.P. Ould): Walking Tune (arr. B.P. Ould for flute and piano)
Csardas (arr. K. Smith for flute and piano)

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