From the British Isles – music for flute and piano

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The third in a series of albums by this leading flute and piano duo (and their seventh recording for Divine Art) in which we welcome back some iconic recordings previously issued by ASV (and long unavailable) together with some new recordings; this 2 CD set at mid price has several major works by British and Irish composers, from the early 18th to the late 20th century. As ever the duo demonstrate both remarkable virtuosity and also super musicality and depth in these mainly ‘Romantic’ works. The set is provided in luxury packaging at no extra cost, with detailed notes on the music. From the funfilled quirky and jazz-inflected Sonata by Malcolm Arnold through more ‘serious’ pieces by Leighton and Mathias, back to the late baroque sonata of John Ranish, this program is a perfect compilation of lyrical music for flute and piano.

Track Listing

    Malcolm Arnold:

  1. I. Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 21 − Allegro (8:15)
  2. II. Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 21 − Andantino (4:29)
  3. III. Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 21 − Maestoso-con moto ritmico (3:31)
  4. Granville Bantock:

  5. Pagan Poem (5:13)
  6. Peter Lamb:

  7. I. Sonatina for Flute and Piano − Con moto (3:23)
  8. II. Sonatina for Flute and Piano − Andante (3:17)
  9. III. Sonatina for Flute and Piano − Con brio (3:23)
  10. Cyril Scott:

  11. The Ecstatic Shepherd (4:21)
  12. Kenneth Leighton:

  13. I. Serenade in C − I. Romanza (4:27)
  14. II. Serenade in C − II. Scherzo (2:51)
  15. III. Serenade in C − III. Pastorale (5:05)
  16. John Ranish:

  17. I. Sonata in B minor, Op. 2 No. 3 − I. Adagio (4:34)
  18. II. Sonata in B minor, Op. 2 No. 3 − II. Allegro (3:47)
  19. III. Sonata in B minor, Op. 2 No. 3 − III. Giga (1:59)
  20. Richard Rodney Bennett:

  21. I. Summer Music − Allegro tranquillo (3:16)
  22. II. Summer Music − Siesta: Lento e dolce (3:31)
  23. III. Summer Music − Games: Vivo (3:16)
  24. William Mathias:

  25. I. Sonatina for Flute and Piano − I. Allegro (2:05)
  26. II. Sonatina for Flute and Piano − II. Andante cantabile (3:54)
  27. III. Sonatina for Flute and Piano − III. Allegro vivace (1:39)
  28. Eugene Goossens:

  29. The Breath of Ney (2:54)
  30. Peter Lamb:

  31. I. Sonata for Flute and Piano − I. Moderato (4:08)
  32. II. Sonata for Flute and Piano − II. Aria: Adagio (4:28)
  33. III. Sonata for Flute and Piano − III. Allegro (2:31)
  34. Thomas Dunhill:

  35. I. Suite for Flute and Piano − I. Allegro moderato (3:10)
  36. II. Suite for Flute and Piano − II. Andante amabile e placido (4:14)
  37. III. Suite for Flute and Piano − III. Allegro poco scherzando (1:11)
  38. IV. Suite for Flute and Piano − IV. Adagio non troppo (3:36)
  39. V. Suite for Flute and Piano − V. Allegro molto – quasi presto (2:03)
  40. Howard Blake:

  41. Elegy (6:59)
  42. Edwin York Bowen:

  43. I. Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 120 − I. Allegro non troppo (8:46)
  44. II. Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 120 − II. Andante piacevole (4:35)
  45. III. Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 120 − III. Allegro con fuoco (4:35)

Reviews

The Classical Reviewer

The cover alone will be enough to attract the interest of casual browsers but this new set contains many fine works, some by composers that are rarely recorded, all in very fine performances indeed… phenomenally accurate playing. This is a very fine set indeed with some of the finest performances of works for flute and piano I have heard. The booklet and presentation are up to Divine Art’s usual high standards with first rate notes from Kenneth Smith and Paul Rhodes.

” —Bruce Reader
MusicWeb International

This is the seventh album from Kenneth Smith and Paul Rhodes on Divine Art, all listed in the booklet. I’ve missed its predecessors but my colleagues have written appreciatively of several of them. I’m pleased to make amends now and hope to catch up with some of the earlier releases. While putting this review together […]

” —Brian Wilson
The Chronicle

This is Divine and the album is a serious double CD from the flute and piano duo, playing both old pieces (some long unavailable) and new recordings. It features works by British and Irish composers, from the early 18th to the late 20th century. As a collection of works, it’s technical rather than warmingly organic, if you see what we mean, though the quirkiness makes it a nice listen.

” —Jeremy Condliffe
Fanfare

These two discs of music from the British Isles for flute and piano reveal a staggering variety of approaches. Kenneth Smith was principal flute of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra for many years, so that should give some idea of his pedigree and stature. All performances are of the highest standard.

” —Colin Clarke
MusicWeb International

This double CD of flute and piano music is a rare treat. One must not get too carried away with the repertoire and ignore the excellent playing by flautist Kenneth Smith and pianist Paul Rhodes. These are stunning performances from first to last. This two CD set is a fine compilation that will prove attractive and essential to all British music enthusiasts and all lovers of flute music.

” —John France
MusicWeb International

There can hardly be a more magical-sounding combination than flute and piano as this two CD set amply demonstrates. It also shows how widely ranging and diverse is the musical language of this assemblage of British composers some of whom are hardly known and unfairly neglected. Both Kenneth Smith who is a true wizard on the flute and Paul Rhodes, a equal partner in every way are perfect vehicles through which to show off all that is best in these British compositions for flute and piano. This set is one to cherish and enjoy forever.

” —Steve Arloff
American Record Guide

The primary value of this program is that the selec­tions are not played often, though all the pieces are published and certainly worth hear­ing. The style of these compositions is straight­forward, tonal, and easily understood. All the interpretation and phrasing is tasteful, exuber­ant, and shows that the two musicians are pre­senting these little-known pieces with as much commitment and artistry as anyone could. Flutists should not hesitate to add anything by Kenneth Smith to their collec­tions.

” —Todd Gorman
New Classics

This double CD set includes a host of major works for flute and piano by some of the most influential composers of the 20th century. These sonatas, sonatinas and suites demonstrate Smith and Rhodes’ usual panache, musicality and virtuosity on their seventh CD for Divine Art.

” —John Pitt