Masterworks for Flute & Piano Vol.2
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Cat No: BISSACD1729
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th June 2010
WorksBallade for flute and piano
Flute Sonata, H306
Le merle noir
Flute Sonata, FP164
Flute Sonata, op.167 'Undine'
ArtistsSharon Bezaly (flute)
Ronald Brautigam (piano)
Frank Martin's virtuosic Ballade (1939) features an acrobatic flute cadenza, roaming melismas and irrepressible cascades, generating a compelling sense of drama.
In 1945, while in exile during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, Martinů composed his Flute Sonata, in which the virtues of his distinct musical language are plain to hear - lyrical lines, a rhythmic drive which is both energetic and lively and an effective use of tone colour. Six years later, the bird-lover Messiaen composed Le merle noir, constructed around the song of the blackbird, which he painstakingly noted down and then found the means to imitate on the flute.
Poulenc's melodic Sonata, finally, has become a signature work for its composer: its lightness, transparency and sonic refinement have charmed audiences ever since the first performance.
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