Notes and Editorial Reviews
To capture the musical mosaic of the Belle Époque on one CD is almost an impossible task. But this selection of French pieces for flute and piano, of Debussy, Gaubert, Fauré and two of his pupils, Enescu and Koechlin, will hopefully lift the veil just enough to bring the artistic dynamic of a truly unique period back to life. Thanks to its natural sound and voluptuous timbre, the flute had a prominent role in the repertoire of the Belle Époque, the period between the end of the Franco-Prussian war (1871) and the onset of World War I. With this CD, Toon Fret, flute and Veronika Iltchenko, piano, rediscover a period long past, which still casts its musical shadows into our own times.