Notes and Editorial Reviews
Although Impressionism suits the flute very well, the greatest French masters did not compose sonatas for the instrument. On the fourth disc of the seven-volume series their followers, of various nationalities, will compensate for their absence, introducing the wide palette of colors of the pair of instruments. Ravel’s youthful sonata was composed for the violin but it can effectively be performed on the flute. A graduate of the Budapest Liszt Academy of Music, Gergely Ittzes is one of the most proactive personalities of the flute scene. While being a researcher of his instrument and composer of many experimental flute works applying the most up to date flute techniques, especially polyphonic playing, he does not specialize in contemporary music only, but tries to connect it with tradition. His large repertoire includes all the important works written for his instrument and a great number of rarities from the past centuries and today. In addition to classical and modern music, several other styles have also influenced his musical idiom, like jazz and free improvisation.