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Gaubert: Complete Works For Flute Vol 1 / Fenwick Smith


Release Date: 01/20/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557305   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Fenwick SmithSally PinkasAndrew PearceAnne Hobson Pilot,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Philippe Gaubert's music is well known to flutists, but to few others, which is a pity because it's lovely. Although we don't generally expect music by flutist/composers, especially French ones, to explore the outer regions of avant-garde expressionism, there's still a big difference between music that's appealing to flutists and music that's just really, really pretty. Gaubert's works fall into the latter category, being attractively impressionistic, graceful, tuneful, and not a note too long. The Trois aquarelles for flute, cello, and piano comprise the most substantial piece on this disc, lasting nearly a quarter hour, and they're so lovely that it's almost painful. Also noteworthy: the sexy little Divertissement grec for two flutes and Read more harp, and the charming Suite in four movements that concludes the disc. But really, if you like any of it, you'll love all of it.


Boston Symphony Orchestra flutist Fenwick Smith plays these pieces with a big, full tone and complete absence of irritating breathiness. In the Divertissement, he and his BSO colleague Jacques Zoon play wooden flutes, and his fellow musicians support him admirably. Pianist Sally Pinkas makes a particularly considerate partner, managing to characterize her playing quite well without overwhelming the flute in climactic passages. The sonics also do full justice to Smith's limpid tone and offer excellent balances between the various performers. Only a few captured breaths here and there point to microphones positioned perhaps a touch too closely, a seemingly ubiquitous failing these days. Still, this is a delightful disc by any standard, and one that works equally well as a light background or as an engaging foreground.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Piece Romantique by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano), Andrew Pearce (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
2. Divertissement Grec for 2 Flutes and Harp by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Anne Hobson Pilot (Harp), Jacques Zoon (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
3. Madrigal for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano), Fenwick Smith (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
4. Suite for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
5. Three Watercolors by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Fenwick Smith (Flute), Sally Pinkas (Piano), Andrew Pearce (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; France 
6. Soir païen by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano), Jayne West (Soprano), Fenwick Smith (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Language: French 
7. Médailles antiques by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano), Fenwick Smith (Flute), Malcom Lowe (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; France 
8. Tarentelle for Flute, Oboe and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Sally Pinkas (Piano), Fenwick Smith (Flute), John Ferrillo (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 

Sound Samples

Madrigal
3 Aquarelles: Par un clair matin
3 Aquarelles: Soir d'automne
3 Aquarelles: Serenade
Divertissement grec
Soir paien
Tarentelle
Piece romantique
Medailles antiques: Nymphes a la fontaine
Medailles antiques: Danses
Suite: Invocation (Danse des pretresses)
Suite: Berceuse orientale
Suite: Barcarolle
Suite: Scherzo-valse

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