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Katherine Bryan, RSNO - Katherine Bryan plays Flute Concertos by Christopher Rouse & Jacques Ibert (2013) [Re-Up]

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Katherine Bryan, RSNO - Katherine Bryan plays Flute Concertos by Christopher Rouse & Jacques Ibert (2013) [Re-Up]

Christopher Rouse: Flute Concerto; Jacques Ibert: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Claude Debussy: Syrinx; Frank Martin: Ballade
Katherine Bryan, flute; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jac van Steen, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 420 | Time: 01:03:13

Among the young British instrumentalists vying to pick up the mantles of the great soloists of a generation ago, flutist Katherine Bryan seems among the most promising, and she takes a major step forward with this, her second release. Her startlingly clear, bright articulation in the upper register is pleasing on its own, yet the real attraction here is that she approaches a repertory intelligently and brings fresh perspectives to it. The Flute Concerto (1993) of Christopher Rouse only seems to be the odd item in the set; Rouse's instrumental writing, with its intricate grasp of texture and register, is truly a descendant of the French (and French-Swiss) music on the rest of the album, and it was an inspired choice in terms of showcasing Bryan's technique as well. The three central movements have a memorial tone, with flute solos woven into Rouse's characteristically spacious chords, and Bryan has the stamina to stick with the long line here. Ibert's delightful Concerto for flute and orchestra (1934) receives an absolutely crackling performance from Bryan.

John Wilson, Sinfonia of London - Escales: Chabrier, Duruflé, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ibert, Massenet, Ravel (2020)

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John Wilson, Sinfonia of London - Escales: Chabrier, Duruflé, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ibert, Massenet, Ravel (2020)

John Wilson, Sinfonia of London - Escales: Chabrier, Duruflé, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ibert, Massenet, Ravel (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 79:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # CHSA 5252 | Recorded: 2019

John Wilson and Sinfonia of London release their second album, following widespread and universal critical acclaim for their first recording, of Korngold’s Symphony in F sharp. This new recording explores the unique sound world of French orchestral music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The programme juxtaposes well-known favourites, such as Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Massenet’s ‘Méditation’ from Thaïs, with pieces far more rarely heard, for example Duruflé’s Trois Danses and Saint-Saëns’s Le Rouet d’Omphale. Many of these works evoke the ‘exoticism’ of Spain or North Africa (as was the fashion in French music of this era), and all share the intricate, detailed orchestration that defines the ‘Impressionist’ style.

Paavo Järvi, Tapiola Sinfonietta - French Orchestral Music: Poulenc, Jolivet, Roussel, Ibert (1993)

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Paavo Järvi, Tapiola Sinfonietta - French Orchestral Music: Poulenc, Jolivet, Roussel, Ibert (1993)

Paavo Järvi, Tapiola Sinfonietta - French Orchestral Music: Poulenc, Jolivet, Roussel, Ibert (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 270 Mb | Total time: 65:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-CD-630 | Recorded: 1993

It’s simple: [Järvi] takes the lunacy [in the Ibert] to an inspired new level, from the very first ear-splitting trombone raspberry. The Tapiola Sinfonietta…plays with guts, virtuosity, and madcap inspiration.

Clara Andrada, Jaime Martín, Frankfurt Radio Symphony - Nielsen, Ibert, Arnold: Flute Concertos (2020)

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Clara Andrada, Jaime Martín, Frankfurt Radio Symphony - Nielsen, Ibert, Arnold: Flute Concertos (2020)

Clara Andrada, Jaime Martín, Frankfurt Radio Symphony - Nielsen, Ibert, Arnold: Flute Concertos (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 229 Mb | Total time: 51:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1340-2 | Recorded: 2015, 2018

​In this album Clara Andrada, solo flutist of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, performs three 20th century flute concertos together with the orchestra conducted by Jaime Martín. Malcolm Arnolds delightful Flute Concerto No. 1 makes a pleasant addition alongside Nielsens and Iberts flute concertos. Jaime Martín, himself an excellent flutist, is a perfect companion to these works. This is the orchestras second album for Ondine, and continues the fruitful collaboration between Jaime Martín and Ondine that has already produced three albums previously.

Ulster Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier - Francis Poulenc, Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud: Orchestral Works (1992) [Re-Up]

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Ulster Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier - Francis Poulenc, Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud: Orchestral Works (1992) [Re-Up]

Francis Poulenc: Les biches, Suite; Jacques Ibert: Divertissement;
Darius Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le Toit, La Creation du Monde (1992)
Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans ~ 57 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9023 | Time: 01:08:10

This programme of 1920s French music is in the hands of a conductor who gets right into the spirit of it, and plenty of spirit there is too. Apart from the Ibert, this is ballet music, and that work too originated as a theatre piece, having been incidental music for Eugene Labiche's farce The Italian Straw Hat. Poulenc's unfailingly fresh and bouncy suite from Les biches is very enjoyable although Chandos's warm and resonant recording takes some of the edge off the trumpet tone that is so central to the writing. The geniality of it all makes one forget that this is remarkable music in which (as Christopher Palmer's booklet essay points out) the twentieth-century French composer evokes eighteenth-century fetes galantes through the eyes of that greatest of nineteenth-century ballet composers, Tchaikovsky.

Hae-won Chang - Jacques Ibert: Complete Piano Music (1992) Reissue 2000

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Hae-won Chang - Jacques Ibert: Complete Piano Music (1992) Reissue 2000

Hae-won Chang - Jacques Ibert: Complete Piano Music (1992) Reissue 2000
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 204 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.554720 | Time: 01:10:45

Jacques Ibert’s piano music isn’t exactly the most exciting part of his output, amounting to a series of short picturesque pieces written in a bland neo-classical vein, with just a hint of impressionism or humor here and there to liven up the expression. Lack of both imagination and strong features have kept these pieces away from the current concert repertoire, but on CD they make nice if quickly forgotten listening. The collection of Histoires, including the famous Le petit âne blanc (The Little White Donkey), comes off the best, along with Les rencontres, a little suite in the form of a ballet that displays some lively melodic figures underlined by slightly spicy harmonies, as in the softly swinging The Creoles. The other pieces do little else than round off the total timing of the CD. Hae-won Chang plays with charm and delicacy, with a clean and neat technique that is just what these unpretentious pieces require. The recording is well balanced and truthful.

Arturo Sacchetti - Organ History: Erik Satie and French rarities of the XXth Century (2001)

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Arturo Sacchetti - Organ History: Erik Satie and French rarities of the XXth Century (2001)

Arturo Sacchetti - Organ History: Erik Satie and French rarities of the XXth Century (2001)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 303 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ARTS Music | # 47641-2 | Time: 01:14:04

The present installment of Arturo Sacchetti’s encyclopedic Organ History survey for Arts Music drops anchor in late-19th/early-20th-century France. It can be argued that the five instrumental sections from Satie’s Mass for the Poor that open this recital lose poignancy when shorn of their surrounding vocal movements, although the organ is a perfect instrument for the composer’s quirky, instantly identifiable harmonic language. By contrast, D’Indy’s Les Vêpres du Commun des Saints, Roussel’s Prélude et Fughetta, and Honegger’s Deux Pièces pour Orgue make an arid, academic impression. After Wayne Marshall’s pulverizing speed through the Pastorale by Roger-Ducasse (Virgin Classics), Sacchetti’s relatively conservative virtuosity proves less engaging. However, his incisive hand/foot coordination enliven Tournemire’s Improvisation on “Te Deum” and Langlais’ Hymne d’Actions de grâces “Te Deum”, although the latter yields to Andrew Herrick’s more vivid and better engineered traversal on Hyperion. Organists looking for an effective, unhackneyed encore should consider Ibert’s Musette or Milhaud’s Pastorale.