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The Great Book of Flute Sonatas, Vol. 6: Czech & American Works / Ittzes, Gabor


Release Date: 06/01/2018 
Label:  Hungaroton   Catalog #: 32778  
Composer:  Erwin SchulhoffBohuslav MartinuJindrich FeldRobert Muczynski,   ... 
Performer:  Gergely IttzésJózsef Gábor
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On the sixth album of Gergely Ittzes’s seven release survey of flute sonatas we examine 20th century musical trends from two points of view. One aspect is from the center of Europe, the Czech lands, the other is a faraway point, America. The composers of both countries unite the compositional trends of the century in special ways although they all honor the traditions and write tonal, melodic music. It is difficult to explain why, after the French and German repertoire, it was in the Czech lands where significant flute sonatas were composed. What is more, the Czech school of flute playing could not be considered definitive in the 20th century. These works were dedicated to French flautists; Rene´ Leroy, George Laurent and Jean-Pierre Read more Rampal were the dedicatees. The geographical and cultural position of Bohemia facilitated the embrace of both French and German influence, uniting them with a distinctively Slavic character. Perhaps this was why, comparably to Russian music, Czech compositions, works by Dvorak, Smetana and Janacek, joined Western European mainstream music the soonest. This central location held an advantage for Czech music also in the 20th century. The influences of all the ’–isms’ were easily absorbed but the voices of Stravinsky and of Slav folk music were also present. In any case, it is a fact that none of the three sonatas on this album could have been omitted from this selection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Flute and Piano by Erwin Schulhoff
Performer:  Gergely Ittzés (Flute), József Gábor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Prague, Czech Republ 
2.
Sonata for Flute and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Gergely Ittzés (Flute), József Gábor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
3.
Sonata for Flute and Piano by Jindrich Feld
Performer:  Gergely Ittzés (Flute), József Gábor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Czech Republic 
4.
Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 14 by Robert Muczynski
Performer:  Gergely Ittzés (Flute), József Gábor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1961; USA 
5.
Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 23 by Lowell Liebermann
Performer:  Gergely Ittzés (Flute), József Gábor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 

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