That most musicianly of flute players, Kenneth Smith, recorded the Roussel, Enescu and Schubert works with Paul Rhodes in 1996, but the recordings were not released. Now, with a new record label and with the addition of new recordings of Debussy, Martinu and a ravishing sonata by Melanie Bonis, the recording is now available.
These are exemplary performances. Kenneth Smith directs his considerable musical and technical resources to the service of the music, not to showing off his skill, and Paul Rhodes is the perfect chamber music partner. Most of these works are standard fare for flute players, played as well as anyone could ask. The real surprise is the work by Melanie Bonis, which should really be much better known. Highly recommended.