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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 16 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 major, BWV1035
composer
? 1741

Allegro  [3'06]
Siciliano  [4'33]
Allegro assai  [3'03]

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Andrea Oliva (flute), Angela Hewitt (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Bach wrote the Sonata in E major for flute and continuo, BWV1035, during the last decade of his life. A nineteenth-century copy—no autograph has survived—suggests that the piece was written in 1741, when Bach made the first of two visits to Berlin, at the request of Frederick II’s chamberlain, Michael Gabriel Fredersdorf, who like his employer, was a keen amateur flautist. The work begins with an ‘Adagio ma non tanto’ whose expressive language calls to mind the sensitive inflections of the north German Empfindsamer Stil. The lively ‘Allegro’ which follows is binary and straightforwardly argued. The ‘Siciliano’ in C sharp minor is a subtler piece whose initial melody is echoed by the bass line but with some arresting harmonic progressions. The concluding ‘Allegro assai’ is introduced by a playful theme on the flute. This is broken off, briefly, while the bass, in a flurry of semiquavers, finishes the phrase on its own. Then the flute resumes the melody, maintaining its predominance to the close.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2002


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'Bach: Flute Sonatas' (CDA67897)
Bach: Flute Sonatas
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