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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: 10 minutes 27 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 flat major, BWV1031
composer
early to mid-1730s; doubtful attribution

Allegro moderato  [3'41]
Siciliano  [2'21]
Allegro  [4'25]

Other recordings available for download
Andrea Oliva (flute), Angela Hewitt (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The extent, if any, to which the Sonata in E flat major for flute and obbligato harpsichord, BWV1031, can be attributed to Bach remains in dispute. Probably dating from the early to mid-1730s this immediately appealing music may well be a joint venture of Bach himself and one or other of his two elder sons, perhaps Carl Philipp Emanuel. What is indisputable, however, is the high quality of its craftsmanship and its expressive charm. The opening ‘Allegro moderato’ is introduced by a delightful eight-bar melody played by the harpsichord, after which the flute enters with the main theme. The ‘Siciliano’ is rewardingly written for the flute, its musical substance recalling the first movement of Bach’s C minor violin sonata (BWV1017). In the spirited binary ‘Allegro’, with its repeated sections, there is effective interplay between the two upper parts, bringing this pleasing sonata to a lively conclusion.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2002


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