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Enchantment - Poulenc, Hahn, Et Al / Smith, Rhodes


Release Date: 10/23/2007 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 25054   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis PoulencReynaldo HahnJoseph Guy RopartzCésar Franck
Performer:  Kenneth SmithPaul Rhodes
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kenneth Smith has been first flute in the Philharmonia for nearly a quarter of a century, during which time he has been responsible for some of the best orchestral flute playing imaginable. Occasionally (too occasionally) he makes a solo recording. This one, of some familiar and less familiar French music, contains some playing so ravishing that I need to find my thesaurus to find some fresh superlatives. The sound Kenneth Smith produces is simply beautiful. This is not just another recording of the Poulenc Sonata, but rather one of a freshness that made me listen to the work in a way I have not done for years. Reynaldo Hahn’s Two Pieces and Joseph-Guy Ropartz’s Sonatine are works that are rarely played. I cannot imagine why, as they are Read more delightful music. Kenneth Smith plays the Dutilleux Sonatine with the greatest virtuosity. The Franck Sonata is given a terrific performance. Paul Rhodes is the excellent pianist, supportive yet equal.

-- Robert Bigio, Pan, The Flute Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Flute and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1957; France 
2.
Dans pour une déesse by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
3.
L'echanteur by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
4.
Sonatine for Flute and Piano by Joseph Guy Ropartz
Performer:  Paul Rhodes (Piano), Kenneth Smith (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; France 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Paul Rhodes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Notes: Composer: César Franck. 

Sound Samples

Flute Sonata, FP 164: I. Allegro malincolico
Flute Sonata, FP 164: II. Cantilena
Flute Sonata, FP 164: III. Presto giocoso
2 Pieces pour flute et piano: No. 1. Danse pour une Deesse
2 Pieces pour flute et piano: No. 2. L' Enchanteur
Sonatine: I. Tres modere
Sonatine: II. Tres lent
Sonatine: III. Assez vif
Sonatine: I. Allegretto -
Sonatine: II. Andante -
Sonatine: III. Anime
Violin Sonata in A major, M. 8 (arr. for flute and piano): I. Allegretto ben moderato
Violin Sonata in A major, M. 8 (arr. for flute and piano): II. Allegro
Violin Sonata in A major, M. 8 (arr. for flute and piano): III. Recitativo fantasia
Violin Sonata in A major, M. 8 (arr. for flute and piano): IV. Allegretto poco mosso

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