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Hummel: Flute Sonatas, Grand Rondeau, Trio / Daoust, Picard


Release Date: 07/09/1996 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553473   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Carmen PicardLise DaoustElizabeth Dolin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hummel’s lasting importance – according to Grove, “he clearly linked the styles of Clementi and Mozart, in a line that bypassed Beethoven, with those of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, early Liszt and Schumann” – is triumphantly confirmed by this recital. Moreover, these enthusiastic and committed performances show Hummel’s music to be not only significant but also interesting and enjoyable. Lisa Daoust and Carmen Picard winningly convey the exuberance and simple melodic charm of the G major Flute Sonata; and revel in the D major Sonata’s delightful technical display. Occasional breathiness – most notably in the lower register – sometimes blurs the flute’s focus; but generally sensitive balance engagingly demonstrates the equal dialogue Read more between the two instruments. The A major Flute Sonata is especially appealing. Here, Daoust and Picard aptly shape the first movement’s overt brilliance to convey its beguilingly proto-romantic expression. They sensitively match the second movement’s charming opposition of fragmentary flute melody and smooth piano accompaniment and capture all the wit of the rondo finale’s opera buffa character.

The Grand Rondeau Brillant continues in theatrical mood with a dramatic introduction that blossoms into music of passionate tenderness and elegant virtuosity, after which both players launch exultantly into the rondo’s buoyant melodiousness. To conclude, Elizabeth Dolin joins Daoust and Picard in a fine account of the A major Trio, whose shimmering tremolos in its final variation and closing rondo vividly evoke Schubert’s spirit. This fascinating issue will have a wide appeal, particularly at super-bargain price.

-- Gramophone [12/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin/Flute and Keyboard in G major, Op. 2a no 2 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Carmen Picard (Piano), Lise Daoust (Flute)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1792 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  St. Alphonse de Rodriguez, Québec 
Length: 15 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Violin/Flute and Piano in D major, Op. 50 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Lise Daoust (Flute), Carmen Picard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1810-1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  St. Alphonse de Rodriguez, Québec 
Length: 14 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Flute and Piano in A major, Op. 64 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Carmen Picard (Piano), Lise Daoust (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  St. Alphonse de Rodriguez, Québec 
Length: 14 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4. Rondo brillant for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 126 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Lise Daoust (Flute), Carmen Picard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  St. Alphonse de Rodriguez, Québec 
Length: 15 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5. Adagio, Variations and Rondo in A major, Op. 78 "Schöne Minka" by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Elizabeth Dolin (Cello), Carmen Picard (Piano), Lise Daoust (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1818; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  St. Alphonse de Rodriguez, Québec 
Length: 15 Minutes 39 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Flute and Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 2, No. 2: I. Allegro
Flute and Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 2, No. 2: II. Romanze: Poco andante
Flute and Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 2, No. 2: III. Rondo
Flute Sonata in D major, Op. 50: I. Allegro con brio
Flute Sonata in D major, Op. 50: II. Andante
Flute Sonata in D major, Op. 50: III. Rondo pastorale
Flute and Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 64: I. Allegro con garbo
Flute and Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 64: II. Menuetto moderato
Flute and Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 64: III. Rondo: vivace
Rondo brillant in G major, Op. 126 (arr. for flute and piano): Grand Rondeau Brillant in G major, Op. 126: Adagio
Adagio, Variations and Rondo on Schone Minka, Op. 78: Introduction: Cantabile
Adagio, Variations and Rondo on Schone Minka, Op. 78: Thema: Quasi allegretto
Adagio, Variations and Rondo on Schone Minka, Op. 78: Variation 1
Adagio, Variations and Rondo on Schone Minka, Op. 78: Variation 2
Adagio, Variations and Rondo on Schone Minka, Op. 78: Variation 3
Adagio, Variations and Rondo on Schone Minka, Op. 78: Variation 4
Adagio, Variations and Rondo on Schone Minka, Op. 78: Variation 5
Adagio, Variations and Rondo on Schone Minka, Op. 78: Variation 6
Adagio, Variations and Rondo on Schone Minka, Op. 78: Variation 7: Finale - Rondo

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