The Expressive Voice of the Flute

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Among the instruments, the flute is one which has one of the widest expressive tones, especially heard to advantage in this collection of 46 light classics, ranging from the dreamy and romantic to the lively and sparkling. Original works are joined by many arrangements of popular orchestral or piano pieces, many by the performers. A feast of virtuosity and superb for both concentrated listening or lightening the mood. Over 145 minutes of great music. This set is a sequel to ‘Flute Vocalise’ (DDV24156) another fine collection (single CD midprice).

Some tracks on this set were previously available on ASV and have been remastered and new recordings added.

Track Listing

    Ralph Vaughan Williams:

  1. Fantasia on Greensleeves (5:12)
  2. Edward Elgar:

  3. Chanson de Matin (3:32)
  4. Edward Elgar:

  5. La Capricieuse (4:40)
  6. Howard Blake:

  7. Make Believe (3:36)
  8. Brigg Fair (4:08)
  9. William Lloyd-Webber:

  10. I. Country Impressions − Mulberry Cottage (2:07)
  11. II. Country Impressions − Frensham Pond (2:19)
  12. Cyril Scott:

  13. Lotus Land, Op. 47 No. 1 (4:20)
  14. Peter Lamb:

  15. English Air (6:54)
  16. Gerald Finzi:

  17. I. Five Bagatelles − I. Prelude (3:35)
  18. II. Five Bagatelles − II. Romanza (4:31)
  19. III. Five Bagatelles − III. Carol (2:00)
  20. IV. Five Bagatelles − IV. Forlana (2:42)
  21. V. Five Bagatelles − V. Fughetta (2:10)
  22. Edward Elgar:

  23. The Serious Doll (3:20)
  24. Frederick Delius:

  25. La Calinda (3:31)
  26. William Walton:

  27. Touch her Soft Lips and Part (from Henry V) (2:35)
  28. Howard Blake:

  29. Walking in the Air (4:19)
  30. traditional:

  31. The Skye Boat Song (2:46)
  32. Music in the Street (2:14)
  33. Golden Slumbers (1:52)
  34. Malcolm Arnold:

  35. Allegretto from Sonatina, Op. 19 (1:57)
  36. Claude Debussy:

  37. Claire de Lune (4:56)
  38. Claude Debussy:

  39. Menuet from Petite Suite (2:54)
  40. Felix Mendelssohn:

  41. On Wings of Song, Op. 34 No. 2 (1:57)
  42. Fritz Kreisler:

  43. Schon Rosmarin (2:04)
  44. Robert Schumann:

  45. Traumerei (from Kinderszenen) (2:51)
  46. Edward Elgar:

  47. Salut d’Amour, Op. 12 (2:58)
  48. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:

  49. Chant Hindou (3:02)
  50. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:

  51. The Flight of the Bumble Bee (from Tsar Saltan

    Aram Khachaturian:

  52. Adagio from Spartacus (3:14)
  53. Edvard Grieg:

  54. Last Spring (Elegiac Melody No. 2) (3:04)
  55. Gabriel Fauré:

  56. Berceuse from Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (3:04)
  57. François-Joseph Gossec:

  58. Tambourin (1:19)
  59. Franz Liszt:

  60. Liebestraum No. 3 (4:39)
  61. Jacques Offenbach:

  62. Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffmann (3:00)
  63. Fryderyk Chopin:

  64. Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 (1:46)
  65. Alexander Borodin:

  66. Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 (4:48)
  67. Claude Debussy:

  68. La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin (2:48)
  69. Grigoras Dinicu:

  70. Hora Staccato (2:13)
  71. Erik Satie:

  72. I. Trois Gymnopedies − Gymnopedie No. 1 (2:58)
  73. II. Trois Gymnopedies − Gymnopedie No. 2 (2:25)
  74. III. Trois Gymnopedies − Gymnopedie No. 3 (2:10)
  75. Marin Marais:

  76. Le Basque (4:40)
  77. Percy Graniger:

  78. Walking Tune (2:46)
  79. Vittorio Monti:|

  80. Czardas (5:28)

Reviews

American Record Guide

Kenneth Smith’s sound is ravishingly beautiful, and he always plays with accuracy and imagination. Paul Rhodes’s accompani­ments are skillful, sensitive, and perfectly timed. The booklet includes a few words about each selection plus information on publishers. The cover art, a close-up of light blue delphini­um flowers, is almost as lovely as the playing inside.

” —Todd Gorman
Tempo Flute

A programme … in which the musicality and freshness are joined in the simple pleasures of an auditory adventure. The French listener will discover here many titles popular across the Channel in Britain to his grand satisfaction.

” —Pascal Gresset
Pan -The Flute Magazine

The playing is a pleasure to listen to, with beautifully even tone, a wide palette of colours, and flawless intonation, accompanied sensitively by Paul Rhodes. This is a most enjoyable compilation, beautifully played.

” —Daniel Shao
Fanfare

Flutist Kenneth Smith and pianist Paul Rhodes give a two-disc recital that contains some of the most calming music imaginable. Their arrangements are enthralling and they convey the meanings of [the originally vocal] pieces without reference to their texts. The sound on the recording is clear and present with the flute in front of the piano.

” —Maria Nockin