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Great Works for Flute & Orchestra / Sharon Bezaly

Nielsen / Bezaly / Jarvi
Release Date: 08/27/2013 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1679   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl NielsenCharles Tomlinson GriffesCarl ReineckeCécile Louise Chaminade,   ... 
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A beautifully recorded and played recital of works for flute and orchestra, of which just the Nielsen concerto is a necessary purchase.

One has to question the marketing mind who chose the title Great works for flute and orchestra. There can be no question that the Nielsen concerto is a great work. The rest are enjoyable but essentially more than a rung or two down the ladder from Nielsen.
 
What is great about this disc is the startling playing of Sharon Bezaly. It is not that she grandstands in any way, she is just a phenomenally gifted flautist. She has already recorded a substantial number of significant works for her chosen instrument and by recording Nielsen's masterwork she has
Read more filled a glaring gap in the list. The Nielsen, it goes without saying, is extraordinarily well played. The detailed recording has real impact and presence. My only doubts must be placed at the door of the conductor Neeme Järvi. He seems to play down the more disruptive elements of this remarkable score. The trombone never, as Robert Simpson once put it, 'spreads himself all over the score with a grotesque and aimless blether' as it does in other recordings, and the timpani are surely too restrained. However, it must be admitted that Bezaly is so good at the lyrical elements that all has to be forgiven. The work has never been better recorded technically: that at least is certain.
 
For the rest: the Griffes' Poem surprises by its imagination and quality. It has a pensive opening and continues as quite a sad piece. Whatever the 'poem' was about it was not a happy tale. The first climax has a sinister feel and draws one's attention to the date of the work, 1918. Perhaps this is some sort of post-war elegy . About half way through things become more upbeat and there are hints of a country dance but even here the flute line is unsettled by the orchestra. After a brief moment of exoticism - Griffes did compose The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan - the opening mood returns. Reinecke's concerto demands that one ignores the date of composition (1908) because it is firmly in the mould of Schumann and Brahms. It is nonetheless a tuneful and attractive work. There is a lovely slow movement and an amiable finale. Bezaly displays complete control even in the final virtuoso moments. This, after the Nielsen and Griffes, may be the third reason to own the disc. Cécile Chaminade's Concertino is music for a warm summer afternoon and attractive in its way. Tchaikovsky's tiny Largo was an early piece and never published. It is no more than a pretty chip off the work bench. Poulenc's sonata is not untypical of the composer's lesser pieces in being only craftsmanlike. There is none of the tunefulness of the Concert Champêtre or Les Biches. As for the Rimsky, it is just one minute of virtuoso fun.
 
-- Dave Billinge, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Flute, FS 119 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Denmark 
2.
Poem for Flute and Orchestra by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; USA 
3.
Concerto for Flute in D major, Op. 283 by Carl Reinecke
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1908; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Concertino for Flute, Op. 107 by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; France 
5.
Largo and Allegro for Flute and Strings by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1963-1964; Russia 
6.
Sonata for Flute and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1957; France 
Notes: Arrangement: Lennox Berkeley 
7.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Notes: Arrangement: Kalevi Aho 

Sound Samples

Flute Concerto, FS 119: I. Allegro moderato
Flute Concerto, FS 119: II. Allegretto - Adagio ma non troppo - Tempo di marcia
Poem
Flute Concerto in D major, Op. 283: I. Allegro molto moderato
Flute Concerto in D major, Op. 283: II. Lento e mesto
Flute Concerto in D major, Op. 283: III. Finale: Moderato
Flute Concertino, Op. 107
Largo and Allegro in D major (arr. E. Sauter for flute and strings)
Flute Sonata, FP 164 (arr. L. Berkeley for flute and orchestra): I. Allegro malinconico
Flute Sonata, FP 164 (arr. L. Berkeley for flute and orchestra): II. Cantilena: Assez lent
Flute Sonata, FP 164 (arr. L. Berkeley for flute and orchestra): III. Presto giocoso
Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. K. Aho for flute and orchestra)

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