It is tempting to think of this marvellous programme as masterpieces of the modern flute repertoire. They are certainly masterpieces, and each has entered the flute repertoire, but they can scarcely be given the epithet ‘modern’ when all were composed by the middle of the last century. Philippe Bernold and Alexandre Tharaud have assembled a recital of flute pieces by the French composers who had the greatest impact on postwar musical thought. Unlike similar rival collections, there is not a single musical weak link in this recital even if, with the exception of Jolivet’s Cinq incantations, these pieces are not representative of their respective composers’ mature styles. Nevertheless, each is a classic example of the progressions made inRead more writing for the flute after Debussy.
In this respect, this release is a logical and welcome progression from Bernold’s earlier delectable exploration of Debussy’s music for flute on the same label. His bewitching tone and capacity for minute gradations of volume and timbre are again much in evidence, particularly in Varèse’s Density 21.5 and the inner movements of Jolivet’s Cinq incantations. Elsewhere Bernold also demonstrates a harder, though not harsher, edge, and Tharaud is exemplary throughout, especially in Boulez’s fiendish Sonatine. Recommended.
-- Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine Read less
Works on This Recording
Density 21.5by Edgard Varèse Performer:
Philippe Bernold (Flute),
Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Written: 1936 Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs.
Le merle noirby Olivier Messiaen Performer:
Alexandre Tharaud (Piano),
Philippe Bernold (Flute)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1951; France Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs.
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