By the River in Spring


Catalogue No: DDA 25069
EAN/UPC: 809730506925
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Release Date: July 2008
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 77:34

The CD takes its title from the well loved piece by Michael Head. This recital of British music for flute and piano is mainly romantic in mood, but not sentimental, given the robust nature of the sonatas by Alwyn and Leighton (both rarities despite the stature of their composers). A splendid third divine art CD for Smith and Rhodes which includes a number of little gems recorded for the first time.

Track Listing

    Hamilton Harty:

  1. In Ireland (7:36)
  2. Edward German:

  3. Intermezzo (3:17)
  4. Michael Head:

  5. By the River in Spring (8:48)
  6. William Alwyn:

  7. Flute Sonata (8:56)
  8. Havelock Nelson:

  9. Erie Cherie (2:06)
  10. In Venezuela (2:56)
  11. Thomas Dunhill:

  12. Valse Fantasia (8:02)
  13. Kenneth Leighton:

  14. I. Flute Sonata − 1. Allegro moto appasionato (5:02)
  15. II. Flute Sonata − 2. Lento e liberamente (7:42)
  16. iii. Flute Sonata − 3. Presto energico (6:19)
  17. Stanford Robinson:

  18. The Moon-Maiden’s Dance (3:06)
  19. Edward German:

  20. I. Suite for Flute and Piano − 1. Valse Gracieuse (3:45)
  21. II. Suite for Flute and Piano − 2. Souvenir (5:44)
  22. III. Suite for Flute and Piano − 3. Gypsy Dance (4:14)


Light Music Society

[This CD] is full of good tunes and fine playing, and exemplifies the best in light music, even if two of the works are titled Sonata. The whole disc is a delight and I cannot imagine anyone willingly being without it.

” —Philip Scowcroft
International Record Review

A colourful evocation of Britishness… a recording of considerable interest and sincerity. Kenneth Smith is capable of wonderfully nuanced tone-colours. He is sympathetically partnered by Paul Rhodes at the piano. Playing of flawless deportment.

” —Mark Tanner

This is an engaging CD that is both well-planned and beautifully played. The two soloists have contrived an important and interesting programme of British flute and piano music that ought to be in the repertory. The programme notes are helpful and the sound quality is excellent

” —John France
Midwest Record

An engaging set of romantic music…you can hear the English countryside pouring out of the playing

” —Chris Spector
Albion Magazine

An evocative performance of Harty’s In Ireland… Smith and Rhodes successfully paint a lovely picture of the title subject {By the River in Spring]. Good performances of charming works

” —Em Marshall