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The Flute at the Court of Frederick the Great / Jean-Pierre Rampal


Release Date: 05/22/2009 
Label:  Cbs Masterworks Catalog #: 39702   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frederick the GreatFranz BendaJohann Joachim Quantz
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal
Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Wallez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A marvelously vivid recording that matches the freshness and immediacy of the music.

The King's strength as a performer is said to have been in Adagios (though there is evidence enough that this did not betoken lack of finger dexterity), and his own piece on this pleasant record is well able to hold its own with many another wind concerto of the day. This may tell us something about what was then a genuine musical vernacular; but such arguments aside, one can take pleasure in observing the contrast, one at the same time separating and unifying, between Frederick and his two companion composers. Quantz's Concerto is a nice, brisk piece with no nonsense about it. Rampal, with his particular gift for eighteenth-century
Read more flute music, deals with it admirably, pointing its highlights, touching on its bright rhythms without affectation, gracefully outlining the slow movement's melody without overstating claims. However, Benda's work shows what the differences are between a gifted amateur, a gifted professional and a composer of real individuality all working within the same idiom. The opening Allegro con brio has real brio, with an undercurrent of tensions that are present in another way in the warm, heartfelt Adagio un poco Andante; the finale is a little more conventional, but makes a bright ending to a most attractive work. No wonder poor Fritz preferred this civilized and humane discourse to the military ravings of his tyrannical father.

The recording matches the freshness and immediacy of the music. Rampal is set close, but the sound is marvellously vivid, and the subtle range of his tonguings in particular is caught as an expressive part of the music. The accompaniments are doubtless influenced by Rampal's own long experience in music of this period: they are as crisp and intelligent as his own playing.

-- Gramophone [3/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Flute in E minor by Franz Benda
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Wallez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: Bohemia 
2.
Concerto for Flute in D major: Adagio by Frederick the Great
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Wallez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Classical 
3.
Concerto for Flute in C minor by Johann Joachim Quantz
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Wallez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Classical 

Featured Sound Samples

Flute Concerto in E minor (Benda): I. Allegro con brio
Flute Concerto in C minor (Quantz): II. Arioso ma mesto

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