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Rediscovery of French Flute Music / Stanley, McDonald


Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6135  
Composer:  René de BoisdeffrePhilippe GaubertEmile BernardEmile Pessard,   ... 
Performer:  Michelle StanleyMargaret McDonald
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On her new album NOUVELLE VIE, flutist Michelle Batty Stanley and pianist Margaret McDonald breathe new life into classic 19th and 20th century compositions. The duo dream up new interpretations of both familiar French favorites as well as works by lesser known composers. The compositions Stanley and McDonald chose for NOUVELLE VIE were written either for the Paris Conservatory Flute Studio as end of the year projects or as small concert pieces. The album is reminiscent of the opera-like qualities of that specific era of music, a time when the flute became the star instrument. The duo create a dynamic interplay with melody lines that stretch through time back to that fruitful era of flute music. Rene De Boisdeffre’s Canzonetta. Op 39. No. 8 Read more is light and airy, while the grandiose Romance. Op 33 by Emile Bernard fills every possible air pocket with sound. Stanley and McDonald create music so full, you might imagine you were listening to an orchestra. Elegance and grace flow from this album, provoking a sense of waking. You hear the dawn rise in NOUVELLE VIE, a dawn presumably once felt by those 19th and 20th century composers who changed the history of flute music forever. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mélodies, Op. 39: No. 8, Canzonetta by René de Boisdeffre
Performer:  Michelle Stanley (Flute), Margaret McDonald (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
2.
Madrigal for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Michelle Stanley (Flute), Margaret McDonald (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
3.
Romance for Flute and Piano by Emile Bernard
Performer:  Michelle Stanley (Flute), Margaret McDonald (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
4.
Pièces (3) for Flute and Piano, Op. 28 by Emile Pessard
Performer:  Michelle Stanley (Flute), Margaret McDonald (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
5.
Pièce No. 4 for Flute and Piano, Op. 75 by Emile Pessard
Performer:  Michelle Stanley (Flute), Margaret McDonald (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
6.
Siciliene for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Michelle Stanley (Flute), Margaret McDonald (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
7.
Arabesque by Alphonse Catherine
Performer:  Michelle Stanley (Flute), Margaret McDonald (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
8.
Barcarolle by Alphonse Catherine
Performer:  Michelle Stanley (Flute), Margaret McDonald (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
9.
Sérénade Mélancolique by Alphonse Catherine
Performer:  Michelle Stanley (Flute), Margaret McDonald (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
10.
Morceaux (2), for flute & piano, Op. 41 by Alphonse Duvernoy
Performer:  Michelle Stanley (Flute), Margaret McDonald (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
11.
Romanza, Op. 33, No. 1 by Joseph-Henri Altès
Performer:  Michelle Stanley (Flute), Margaret McDonald (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
12.
Sonata for Flute and Piano no 1 in A major by Philippe Gaubert
Performer:  Michelle Stanley (Flute), Margaret McDonald (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; France 

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