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The Flute Player by Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891)
Château de Compiegne, Oise / Giraudon / Lauros / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDD22077
Recording details: January 2001
Walcot Hall, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Annette Isserlis
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: April 2002
Total duration: 13 minutes 46 seconds

'An outstanding achievement' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The playing of the accompanying ensemble shares the distinction of the flautist … congratulations are well deserved all round' (Early Music Review)

'Nicholson, Tunnicliffe, and Kenny engage with Beznosiuk and her musical ideas, creating excellent chamber music' (American Record Guide)

'These are performances I am going to be returning to again and again' (International Record Review)

'Beautifully executed … a perfect example of Beznosiuk’s dark, sweet tone and understated musicianship. Delicious’ (The Independent on Sunday)

'Beznosiuk plays accurately, with a huge dark sound and an easy-going fluency that makes these difficult pieces sound as easy as the first lessons in a Suzuki method class … this is a good, solid version of these fundamental works' (Fanfare, USA)

'Constant pleasure throughout … among the many recordings of these works, this stands high on the list' (Goldberg)

'In virtually every way—flute playing, sonics, and accompaniment—this new original-instrument version of the Sonatas bests my former original-instrument reference … Beznosiuk and her accompanists really feel this music as well' (ClassicsToday.com)

'Lisa Beznosiuk sait prendre le temps de respirer, de suspendre la phrase, de ménager les traits virtuoses' (Répertoire, France)

Sonata in E minor, BWV1034
composer
circa 1726

Allegro  [2'31]
Andante  [3'29]
Allegro  [4'28]

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Andrea Oliva (flute), Angela Hewitt (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Sonata in E minor for flute and continuo, BWV1034, is probably a product of Bach’s early Leipzig years. Bach’s autograph of the piece is lost but the earliest surviving material dates from circa 1726. Perhaps the first-composed of his flute sonatas, it alludes to the older formal scheme of the Italian sonata ‘da chiesa’. The opening ‘Adagio ma non tanto’ contains an expansive, pleasingly shaped melody in a single unrepeated section. The following ‘Allegro’ derives interest and energy from a progression of arpeggios of a kind favoured by Venetian violinist-composers. The emphasis in this movement is on virtuosity, though never for its own sake. The melody of the lyrical ‘Andante’ is anchored to an almost uninterrupted quaver accompaniment in the bass betraying, once more, strong Italian leanings. The highly motivated concluding ‘Allegro’ is binary and introduced by a single crotchet in the bass. Like the second movement, this one requires technical virtuosity.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2002


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'Bach: Flute Sonatas' (CDA67897)
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