Holiday Shop


WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Bridge Across The Pyrenees - Ibert, Rodrigo, Etc / Bezaly


Release Date: 11/28/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1559   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joaquin RodrigoFrançois BorneJacques Ibert
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews


There is absolutely nothing here to criticize. Sharon Bezaly is one of the world's top flutists; the repertoire has been chosen with her usual intelligence and imagination; she plays the living daylights out of all of three pieces; the accompaniments are simply marvelous; balances are perfect; the engineering is state-of-the-art stunning. So that's the review, but I would like to take a moment and say a few words about the music.


Rodrigo's Concierto Pastoral sounds like the most atrociously difficult flute work ever conceived. The opening alone is an endurance test of frightening virtuosity, and Bezaly plays it with such charm and finesse that you have to hear it to believe it.
Read more Personally, I rate the piece much higher than the ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez, but you can listen and draw your own conclusions. Borne's Fantasie Brillante (as arranged here by Giancarlo Chiaramello) is one of about a billion works based on tunes from Bizet's Carmen. It's wholly delightful, even if the setting as a flute solo of the ominous "fate" theme from the opera's introduction turns out to be unintentionally funny. It's kind of like doing the same thing to the 1812 Overture, if you know what I mean.


Ibert's Flute Concerto of course is the major repertory staple on this disc, and competition comes from the superb Emmanuel Pahud on EMI. As always when Bezaly goes head to head with the best, she's fully up to the challenge. Pahud's tone is uniquely huge and "fat", but if anything Bezaly is even more lively in the outer movements, and for my money she phrases the melodies with greater imagination (check out the those delicious little tenutos in the concerto's opening solo). Pahud's coupling, the flute transcription of Khachaturian's Violin Concerto, also is much less desirable than the works presented here. You always get the sense that Bezaly has thought about the whole program; she's a musician first, a virtuoso second, and gratifyingly concerned about good presentation. So it all adds up to another winner from Bezaly and BIS--and the Rodrigo really is a show-stopper. [1/15/2007]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concierto pastoral for Flute by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; Spain 
2.
Fantasie brillante for Flute and Piano on Bizet's Carmen by François Borne
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
3.
Concerto for Flute by Jacques Ibert
Performer:  Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In