Cantilena II – flute and piano


Catalogue No: DDA 25126
EAN/UPC: 809730512629
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Release Date: April 2015
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 78:08

The flute and piano duo Cantilena made up of Odinn Baldvinsson and Patricia Romero are based in the UK and are establishing a fine reputation since the release of their debut CD (also eponymous), for a wide range of repertoire, mainly Romantic, both popular and less well known. So on this superb album, we have the beautiful Concertino of Chaminade, and Dutilleux’s Sonatine, both quite well known; the Suite by Widor is a little known piece by a composer more famed for his organ music and is very much in the French Romantic mould: also exquisite is the rare Sonata by Georgian composer Taktakishvili; finally Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango – a very well known piece but amazingly this is its first ever recording in the version for flute and piano.

Track Listing

    Charles-Marie Widor:

  1. I. Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 34 − I. Moderato (3:33)
  2. II. Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 34 − II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace (2:52)
  3. III. Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 34 − Romance: Andantino (4:19)
  4. IV. Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 34 − Final: Vivace (6:22)
  5. Cecile Chaminade:

  6. Concertino, Op. 107 (8:12)
  7. Henri Dutilleux:

  8. Sonatine for flute and piano (10:11)
  9. Otar Taktakishvili:

  10. I. Sonata for Flute and Piano − I. Allegro cantabile (6:52)
  11. II. Sonata for Flute and Piano − II. Aria; Moderato con moto (5:07)
  12. III. Sonata for Flute and Piano − III. Allegro scherzando (6:07)
  13. Astor Piazzolla:

  14. I. Histoire du Tango − I. Bordel 1900 (4:14)
  15. II. Histoire du Tango − II. Café 1930 (9:08)
  16. III. Histoire du Tango − III. Nightclub 1960 (5:19)
  17. IV. Histoire du Tango − IV.Concert d’aujourd’hui (5:06)


Musical Opinion

This is one of the finest discs of music for flute and piano I have heard in years. The performances are immaculate: suffused with notable musicianship throughout, they are very well recorded. An excellent disc.

” —Robert Matthew-Walker
South Australian Flute News

Odinn Baldvinsson and Patricia Romero have developed a sensitive rapport as joint performers with controlled virtuosity and musicianship evident in their performances. An impressive and enjoyable CD.

” —Robert Brown

All in all, this is a fascinating CD. The playing by Odinn Baldvinsson, flute and Patricia Romero, piano is superb in every way. All of these works are technically demanding. The recording is excellent. The notes are clear, easy to read and immediately helpful. For all enthusiasts of flute music this disc is a must. My favourite work was the Widor, but all the other pieces are of huge interest and musical value.

” —John France

The definition of ‘cantilena’ is a sustained, smooth-flowing melodic line. Listening to the varied pieces on this very well filled disc the word seems highly appropriate. Throughout the CD one is impressed by the artists’ technical prowess but also there appears to be a real insight and empathy between them. The recording is very sympathetic to the players who on my high-end system sound as if they’re in the room. The notes too are very fine and informative without any condescension. All in all, this recital surprised me by its quality of composition and diversity. I look forward to more from this duo.

” —David R Dunsmore
The Chronicle

The main appeal of this charming album is how the flute and piano meld – the two musicians work really well together. These are delicate summery pieces that range in sound from rather serious music, to which you can imagine people listing earnestly, to music that would be suited to a slightly scary Gothic movie and then to a sound that’s not too far from jazz.

” —Jeremy Condliffe