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La Flute Soliste Au 20th Siecle / Philippe Bernold, Alexandre Tharaud


Release Date: 08/12/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951710   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edgard VarèseOlivier MessiaenAndré JolivetPierre Boulez,   ... 
Performer:  Philippe BernoldAlexandre Tharaud
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 in Read 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
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Works on This Recording

1.
Density 21.5 by Edgard Varèse
Performer:  Philippe Bernold (Flute), Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Written: 1936 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Le merle noir by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Philippe Bernold (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Incantations (5) for Flute solo: no 1, Pour accueillir les negociateurs - et que l'entrevue soit pac by André Jolivet
Performer:  Philippe Bernold (Flute), Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
Incantations (5) for Flute solo: no 2, Pour que l'enfant qui va naitre soit un fils by André Jolivet
Performer:  Philippe Bernold (Flute), Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Incantations (5) for Flute solo: no 3, Pour que la moisson soit riche qui naitra des sillons que la by André Jolivet
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Philippe Bernold (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
Incantations (5) for Flute solo: no 4, Pour une communion sereine de l'etre avec le monde by André Jolivet
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Philippe Bernold (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7.
Incantations (5) for Flute solo: no 5, Aux funerailles du chef - pour obtenir la protection de son a by André Jolivet
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Philippe Bernold (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8.
Sonatine for Flute and Piano by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Philippe Bernold (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs. 
9.
Sonatine for Flute and Piano by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano), Philippe Bernold (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; France 
Length: 9 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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