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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CKD367
Recording details: August 2009
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 2010
Total duration: 7 minutes 52 seconds

Fantaisie
composer
1913

Fantaisie  [7'52]

Introduction
The French composer Georges Hüe, while he wrote in a number of genres, was perhaps most well known during his lifetime for his contribution to opera. Born in 1858, and hailing from Versailles, to the west of Paris, Hüe studied with, among others, the noted organist of Paris’s St Clotilde basilica church and professor at the Paris Conservatoire César Franck, and the composer Charles Gounod. While he won the coveted Prix de Rome prize for composition in 1879, and had some notable successes in the Paris Opéra and Opéra Comique, much of his music met with limited success over time, although some of his choral works are of note as well as a number of pieces such as this particular Fantaisie for flute and orchestra.

Hüe composed the Fantaisie in 1913 and dedicated the work to the renowned flautist and professor at the Paris Conservatoire, Adolphe Hennebains, who had commissioned it for the conservatoire’s concours during the same year. Despite much of Hüe’s music being forgotten today, the Fantaisie has proved a durable part of the flute repertoire over the almost one hundred years since its composition. Consisting of a single movement the Fantaisie is a concise essay that demonstrates the many facets of the flute, through frequently changing tempi, disposition and colour. It contains much of the impressionist techniques, musical language and sound world with which Hüe was increasingly experimenting at the time. The opening slow section of the work provides a subtle character that accompanies the more sophisticated flute line. A more lyrical and flowing section ensues with a gathering momentum that continues to the end of the work. While providing a subtly pleasing work the Fantaisie is fairly representative of concours works of the time, containing a number of themes from his previous compositions, notably his operas, while providing a suitable challenge for the player to execute.

from notes by Adam Binks 2010

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