New Classics

Kenneth Smith, principal flute of the Philharmonia for over 30 years, and his long standing duo partner Paul Rhodes, have established themselves at the forefront of the Romantic and Classical flute music arena. Their many recordings first for ASV and then for Divine Art have received glowing reviews and 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 (as well as a couple from earlier), all from Britain and Ireland. As well as the world premiere recording of Peter Lamb’s Sonatina, there is music by Malcolm Arnold, Granville Bantock, Cyril Scott (The Ecstatic Shepherd), Kenneth Leighton, John Ranish, Richard Rodney Bennett (the delightful Summer Music), William Mathias, Eugene Goossens, Thomas Dunhill, Howard Blake (Elegy) and Edwin York Bowen. These sonatas, sonatinas and suites demonstrate Smith and Rhodes’ usual panache, musicality and virtuosity on their seventh CD for Divine Art.

—John Pitt