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Paula Robison - One Hundred Roses


Release Date: 06/06/2006 
Label:  Pergola   Catalog #: 1032   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benjamin GodardCécile Louise ChaminadeCharles Tomlinson GriffesJules Massenet,   ... 
Performer:  Paula Robison
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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A scintillating disc for Valentine's Day of brilliant arrangements for Flute and Orchestra with the masterful Paula Robison.

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PAULA ROBISON: ONE HUNDRED ROSES Paula Robison (fl); David Stahl, cond; Charleston SO PERGOLA PR 1032 (59:55)


GODARD Suite de trois morceaux: Allegretto. CHAMINADE Concertino. GRIFFES Poem . MASSENET Thaïs: Méditation. SAINT-SAËNS Romance . One Hundred Roses: 7 Italian Serenades and Dances (arr. Paget): LEONCAVALLO Mattinata. DI CAPUA O sole mio. I’ te vurria vasà. ANON Ninna-Nanna. TOSTI ’A vucchella. Marechiare. ROSSINI La danza


Paula Robison has a scintillating new CD, and her own new label—Pergola, an Italian word, meaning an arcade supporting grape vines or climbing roses. Pergola has also issued a disc entitled “Mozart in Love,” and promises four more releases in 2006.


The present disc takes its name from the 26-minute suite of Neapolitan songs, brilliantly arranged by Daniel Paget for flute, string orchestra, mandolin, guitar, and percussion. Most of these songs feature long melodic lines; they were, after all, originally meant to be sung. The sweetest is the folk-lullaby, Ninna-Nanna . Two lively items conclude the suite—Tosti’s Marechiare and Rossini’s Danza , a sizzling tarantella. Paget proves himself an expert arranger, bringing other solo voices in and out of his textures so that the solo flute never becomes routine. He also has the flute depart now and then from basic melodies to play decorative and virtuoso passages.


The disc begins with the concert pieces by Benjamin Godard—a morsel indeed, Cécile Chaminade, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, and Jules Massenet. After One Hundred Roses , it concludes with the Romance of Camille Saint-Saëns. All these composers were French, except the American Griffes, and he composed in the style of France’s musical impressionists. So the disc illuminates an expressive kinship between important strains of French and Italian music as the 19th century turned into the 20th. All the music here is first-rate of its kind, but I am especially delighted with Chaminade’s Concertino, which I am hearing for the first time. Though only nine minutes long, it could serve as the first movement of a longer concerto, having a firm structure, lovely melodies, arresting orchestration, and a fine solo cadenza.


Producer and engineer Adam Abeshouse has captured the kaleidoscopic colors of Robison’s flute, and the corresponding rich varieties of tone from the Charleston orchestra, on this evidence an excellent band with a fine conductor. Strongly recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1. Suite de morceaux (3) for Flute and Piano, Op. 116: Allegretto by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; France 
2. Concertino for Flute, Op. 107 by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; France 
3. Poem for Flute and Orchestra by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; USA 
4. Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
5. Mattinata by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
6. 'O sole mio by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
7. Ninna nanna a Gesu by Traditional
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Written: Italy 
8. Canzoni napoletane (3): no 1, 'A vucchella by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Italy 
9. I' te vurria vasà by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
10. Canzoni napoletane (3): no 3, Marechiare by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Italy 
11. Les soirées musicales: no 8, La danza by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830-1835; Italy 
12. Romance for Flute and Orchestra in D flat major, Op. 37 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
13. Mattinata by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute)
Conductor:  David Stahl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 

Featured Sound Samples

Flute Concertino (Chaminade)
Mattinata (Leoncavallo)

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