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A Flutist's Favorites - Julius Baker / Baker, Barere, Goltzer, Templeton


Release Date: 10/30/2007 
Label:  Cembal D'amour   Catalog #: 127   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric HandelJohann Joachim QuantzWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Julius BakerBoris BarereAlbert GoltzerAlec Templeton
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A valuable and worthy tribute to a rare artist.

Julius Baker’s admirers will want to snap up this tribute without undue delay. The eminent flautist is captured with Boris Barere, Simon’s son, in a range of works principally Baroque and Classical though reaching out to the French repertoire and also embracing Alec Templeton, whose own taste for the Baroque was well known.

Undated, the recordings are a little cloudy. The Bach selection features Baker’s liquid warmth and superior sense of phrasing. Passagework is unblemished and the legato is spun effortlessly – or seems so. Handel’s sonata is buoyant and exciting with an especially ebulliently played Gigue finale. He varies and shapes dynamics with acumen in
Read more its repeated phrases, keeping things alive and never sliding into routine phrasing. His articulation is razor sharp but the tone remains full and warm and there’s tremendous colour in his playing. The Quantz is lyrically warm and the Mozart sports an especially felicitous and fleet cadential passage.

One might expect Baker to shine brightly in quintessential French repertoire and he doesn’t disappoint. Fauré’s Fantasy is beautifully phrased with its opening slow section a study in melody sustenance and the ensuing faster second half ebulliently done. The languor of Syrinx is pitched adeptly. Huë’s Fantasy has its share of conservatoire runs but they’re balanced by its impressionistic hues, its decorations and lyric effusions. The little embedded orientalist touches are outstanding and amusing. Alec Templeton’s 1927 Trio is one of his typically pithy and warm-hearted pieces. It has its fare share of VW-derived folkloric moments and its supple, dancing patterns enliven the finale in particular with well distributed themes. Finely played by the composer, Albert Goltzer and Baker it makes for concise and enjoyable listening.

This is a valuable tribute to Baker, who authorised the release of all this material before his 2003 death. As for the booklet there are a number of minor typos (misspelling of Quantz for example) and I’ve had to fill in BWV numbers and the like. A small gripe. Otherwise a worthy tribute to a rare artist.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 1030: 2nd movement, Largo e dolce by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute), Boris Barere (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1738; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranged for flute and piano.  
2.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in C major, BWV 1033: Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute), Boris Barere (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Notes: Arranged for flute and piano.  
3.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Polonaise by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute), Boris Barere (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranged for flute and piano.  
4.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute), Boris Barere (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranged for flute and piano.  
5.
Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in F major, HWV 369/Op. 1 no 11 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute), Boris Barere (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1726-1732; London, England 
Notes: Arranged for flute and piano.  
6.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in C major, QV 1 no 1: Allegro by Johann Joachim Quantz
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute), Boris Barere (Piano)
Notes: Arranged for flute and piano.  
7.
Andante for Flute and Orchestra in C major, K 315 (285e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute), Boris Barere (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
8.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute), Boris Barere (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Fantaisie for Flute and Piano, Op. 79 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute), Boris Barere (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
10.
Syrinx by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute)
Written: 1913 pub 1927 
11.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute), Boris Barere (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Notes: Arranged for flute and piano.  
12.
Carnival of the animals: no 10, Aviary by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute), Boris Barere (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
13.
Fantaisie for Flute and Piano by Georges Hüe
Performer:  Julius Baker (Flute), Boris Barere (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
14.
Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano by Alec Templeton
Performer:  Albert Goltzer (Oboe), Julius Baker (Flute), Alec Templeton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 

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