is the seventh disc in Thomas Jensen’s Danacord series
of Andersen’s complete flute works (see my review
6). Five of the discs comprise repertoire for flute and
the remaining two contain works for flute and orchestra,
recorded with the Jutland Symphony Orchestra. This is a
commendable project and it is fitting that the complete
works of such a well respected flute player as Andersen
should be brought to disc.
present CD opens with a charming Gavotte
, a short
four and a half minute work in ternary form, thought to
have been composed in 1891. The Quatre Morceaux
follow are character pieces of varying lengths, and include
a Cavatina, a jaunty Intermezzo, a Gondola song and a Love
volume contains two of Andersen’s seven celebrated opera
transcriptions, including the enjoyable transcription of
Weber’s Der Freischütz
. The lyrical introduction
gradually develops to take the listener on a journey through
the main themes of the opera. Opera transcriptions such
as this were popular in the nineteenth century - Taffanel
also wrote notable fantasy pieces for flute based on popular
operas of the time. The Merry Wives
that also features on this disc is light-hearted and stylish,
providing an entertaining addition to the flute’s repertoire.
Swedish Fantaisie Nationale
uses native folk themes
as a basis for this extended work. The lyrical opening
resembles a pastorale. The work takes us through a number
of themes, moods and styles in its thirteen and a half
remaining pieces heard here are short but nevertheless
powerful; the title Le Calme
of the first of the Trois
is somewhat incongruent with the feisty nature
of some of the music. The Sérénade Mélancolique
a Spanish feel and a dancing character. The last of the
three pieces, Le Tourbillon
, is sparkling and somewhat
final work of the disc is a dazzling moto perpetuo
once again illustrating Andersen’s technical abilities.
This is a dark and fast-moving work which keeps listeners
on the edge of their seats.
the quality of playing here is consistently excellent.
Jensen and Stengaard demonstrate a sensitive understanding
of Andersen’s compositional style. Their playing gives
life to the music and is highly entertaining throughout.