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20th Century Flute Concerti - Nielsen, Poulenc, Honegger, Ibert / Stinton

Stinton / Scottish Chamber Orch / Bedford
Release Date: 03/08/2011 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1126   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arthur HoneggerJacques IbertCarl NielsenFrancis Poulenc
Performer:  Jennifer StintonGeoffrey Browne
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Strictly speaking two of the four works on this disc are not flute concertos at all: the Honegger, like the Richard Strauss Duet Concertino, is a chamber concerto for two equal instruments and the Poulenc is an orchestral transcription of the Flute Sonata, but let that pass!

Here is an intelligently planned and excellently recorded programme which forms a wonderful showcase for this highly accomplished soloist. In the Nielsen, Steuart Bedford adopts a rather measured tempo for the first movement at barely crotchet=100, which is the lower end of the markings suggested by the score (100-112). He is certainly slower than Myung-Whun Chung for Patrick Gallois (BIS/Conifer) or Michael Schønwandt for Toke Lund Christiansen
Read more (Chandos), both of whom make much more of its dynamic nuances and contrasts of character. (The string entry—bar 48, track I, 2'08", for example—is not really pianopianissimo.) Jennifer Stinton plays with considerable dash and virtuosity. More perhaps could have been made of the contrast in mood in the second movement (bar 94, track 2, 1'25") and generally speaking, the impression conveyed is that the orchestra is less inside the idiom than in the more straightforward Ibert and Poulenc score.

...There are good, thoroughly expert performances of the popular Ibert Concerto and Sir Lennox Berkeley's transcription of the Poulenc. Those who have heard the extraordinarily attentive and intense playing Steuart Bedford secured from the ECO in Britten's Violin Concerto on the Collins Classics label (12/90) will find the playing here somewhat less subtle. All the same, this is an enjoyable disc and Stinton plays with artistry and charm—and as I have said, the recording is first class, both in respect to balance and naturalness and presence. Recommended.

-- Gramophone [8/1991]
reviewing the original release of this title, Collins 1210
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto da camera for Flute, Cor anglais and Strings, H196 by Arthur Honegger
Performer:  Jennifer Stinton (Flute), Geoffrey Browne (English Horn)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1949 
2.
Concerto for Flute by Jacques Ibert
Performer:  Jennifer Stinton (Flute)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
3.
Concerto for Flute, FS 119 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Jennifer Stinton (Flute)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Denmark 
4.
Sonata for Flute and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Jennifer Stinton (Flute)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1957; France 
Notes: Arranger: Berkeley. 

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