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Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Release date: September 2010
Total duration: 25 minutes 32 seconds

'A product of Chetham's School of Music and the Juilliard School, finalist three years running in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and currently principal flute with the RSNO, Katherine Bryan certainly makes her mark in the likeable anthology for Linn on which she is backed by her colleagues under Paul Daniel's sensitive lead … I need merely add that Bryan's lustrous tone manages to emerge unscathed within the far-from-accommodating acoustic of Glasgow's Henry Wood Hall' (Gramophone) » More

'The chief delight here is Lennox Berkeley's orchestration of Poulenc's brilliantly coloured flute sonata from 1957, which packs more ideas into a few minutes than anything achieved in Liebermann's laboured full-scale concerto. Bryan also gives a nimble account of Nielsen's quixotic 1926 concerto, beautifully supported by Paul Daniel and the Scottish National players' (The Observer)

'Principal flautist of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Katherine Bryan invests in what she plays with heart and soul. Lowell Liebermann's concerto, written for James Galway, could be labelled 'neo-romantic conservative'. With its long, athletic, curling melodies, it could also be called adorable. Nielsen's concerto brings spikier material. In between, Poulenc's Flute Sonata, in orchestral dress, slips down pleasantly' (The Times)

Sonata for flute and piano
composer
1957; dedicated to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge; first performed by Jean-Pierre Rampal, with the composer at the piano, at the Strasbourg Festival on 18 June 1957; orchestrated version made by Lennox Berkeley

Presto giocoso  [3'49]

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Poulenc’s Sonata of 1957 is dedicated to the memory of that champion of twentieth-century chamber music, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. The Sonata’s own cause was promoted by the Chesterian magazine (Spring 1958) which declared: ‘For Francis Poulenc, a medium such as Flute and Piano is ideal for expressing himself in his inimitable style. All flautists will wish to include it in their repertoire.’ For Poulenc himself, the strongest spiritual influence was that of his dear friend Raymonde Linossier; having completed his Sonata, he concluded: ‘It is Poulenc but very Raymonde, as with every composition for winds.’ Flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal gave the first public performance at the Strasbourg Festival on 18 June 1957, with the composer at the piano.

The restless ‘Allegretto malincolico’ focuses on a descending chromatic idea, preceded by an arpeggiated flourish, with Poulenc enjoying major and minor inflections. Frequent trills and demisemiquaver tonguing attest to the flautist’s technique. The Classical legacy is evident in the piano’s Alberti-bass figurations, and the debt to the Baroque in the flute’s dotted rhythms within the slower middle section. A quiet, song-like ‘Cantilena’ explores the flute’s vocal qualities with an arching melodic contour: ‘a great rainbow of melody’. (Some have also noted connections with Poulenc’s contemporary opera, Dialogues des Carmélites.) Extensive use of smooth scalic figures is contrasted by more dotted rhythmic material in the central portion. The ‘Presto giocoso’ has a light-hearted, rondo-like character, again with a strong rhythmic identity; it enjoys imitative textures and cyclical elements, with an arpeggiated figure and later the dotted idea (‘mélancolique’) from the first movement, together with a thematic hint of the second (reaching up to a top C). A confident, extrovert reprise of the opening concludes, ‘strictly in time without any slowing down’

from notes by Deborah Mawer © 2001


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'L'Album des Six' (CDH55386)
L'Album des Six
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'Poulenc: The Complete Chamber Music' (CDA67255/6)
Poulenc: The Complete Chamber Music

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