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Romanza Andaluza for Flute and Guitar
Pablo de SARASATE Romanza Andalouza, Op. 21, No.1 [04:28]
Emile PESSARD Andalouse, Op. 20 [2:24]
Maximo PUJOL (b. 1957) Suite: Buenos Aires (1995): (I. Pompeya [3:54]; II. Palermo [4:31]; III. San Telmo [3:09]; IV. Microcentro [3:44])
Joaquin RODRIGO (1901-1999) Aria Antiqua (1960) [3:04]
Francisco GONZALEZ Danza de Los Amantes Efimeros (1994) [5:41]
Maximo PUJOL Dos Aires Candomberos: I. Nubes de Buenos Aires [7:33] II. Candombe de los Bueno [3:24]
Joaquin RODRIGO Serenata al Alba del Dia: Andante moderato [2:48]; Allegro [1:40]
Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Villanesca [6:18]; Danza Triste [4:24]; Zambria [8:28]
Laurel Zucker (flute); Mark Delpriora (guitar)
rec. Kensington, CA, no date given
CANTILENA 66023-2 [65:39]
 

 

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Cesar FRANCK (1822-1890) Sonata [29:19]
Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pièce en Forme de Habanera [3:10]
Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Morceau de Concours [3:04]
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) The Little Shepherd [2:26]
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Introduction and Variations on a Theme [23:09]
Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Sonatine [9:49]
Laurel Zucker (flute); Marc Shapiro (piano)
rec. Pelham, NY, no date given

CANTILENA 66030-2 [70:47]
 

 

 

 


Sonata da Camera
for Flute and Harp
Roberto SIERRA (b.1953) Flower Pieces (1994) (1. Daisies; 2. Lilacs; 3. Forsythias; 4. Irises; 5. Marigolds; 6. Persian Roses; 7. Dandelions; 8. Peonies; 9. Red Poppies) [10:58]
William ALWYN (1905-1985) Naiades: Fantasy-Sonata [14:28]
Nuncio F. MONDELLO (1912-1993) Poem [9:15]
Marius FLOTHUIS (1914-2001) Sonata da Camera Op. 42 (1951) [10:06]
David NOON (b. 1946) Sonata da Camera [13:32]
Laurel Zucker (flute); Susan Jolles (harp)
rec. Pelham, NY, no date given
CANTILENA 66035-2 [58:22]

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Laurel Zucker's Cantilena label has been prolifically productive and all the more welcome for the warm music-making of Zucker and her instrumental partners. From its considerable catalogue here are three discs each pairing Zucker's flute with one other instrument. All Cantilena issues feature strikingly coloured cover art by Dee Sanchez and all use heavy card sleeves with a glued in plastic stem face into which the disc is fitted. The sleeves carry concise information about the music and the composers and are miracles of good design which balance pleasure for the eye with the legibility necessary to carry information.
 
Sonata da Camera
Roberto Sierra (b. 1953) wrote his set of ten miniatures, Flower Pieces in 1994. They are short warm and sensuous. Everything breathes a warm and fragrant beauty. A Puerto Rican who studied with Ligeti, Sierra's music is in this case sensuous and melodic - a near cousin to Ravel's Introduction and Allegro. Alwyn's Naiades is designated a Fantasy-Sonata and its ecstatic light-bathed warmth, a degree more sultry than the Sierra, is evidence of Alwyn's grounding as a professional flautist. Zucker shows the ability to hold wondrously long notes with seemingly endless breath reserves and little aural evidence of gasps of breath. Nuncio F Mondello was better known in America’s jazz band circuit as Toots Mondello. His pensively melancholic Poem shows Mondello's other face as a classical composer in the warm Ravelian tradition. The movements of Marius Flothuis's Sonata da Camera are encompass warm and dreamy, slyly jazzy, slow motion Havanaise and evening whimsy. David Noon was a pupil of Davidovsky and Milhaud and has had a most distinguished academic career in the USA. His Sonata da Camera in four movements breaks the sultry-ecstatic mood of the rest of the disc with some lively, rhythmic, good-humoured fun, breaking off only in the long Sarabande for a touching and yearningly nostalgic moment - not at all archaic in its resonance.
 
Romanza Andaluza
Zucker's gorgeous tone, tasteful phrasing and breath control here meet the clean and pleasingly judged playing of Marc Delpriora in a collection with an Hispanic emphasis. The Sarasate strikes a warm egalitarian balance between the two instruments and is well within the Iberian style. The little known Pessard is represented by a graceful Andalouse. The four movement Buenos Aires (1995) by Pujol ‘unlulls’ us into something with vitality and snappy jazzy pace in Pompeya, finds a classical style for the cool evening of Palermo, syncopated playfulness in San Telmo and finally in this ever so slightly commercial suite comes Microcentro with its anxious welter of interleaved down-pattering figures and siren wails. The other two part Pujol work is similar in its engaging atmosphere and well worth hearing for its poetry and rhythmic urgency. I recommend hearing the Candombe de los Buenos Tiempo for its optimistic throwing aside of the pervasive heat. It has a remarkably engaging liveliness complete with percussive effects delivered against the bodywork of the guitar. Rodrigo's Aria Antiqua does indeed look back to earlier ages in music of largely slow dignity. There is more of that in the Andante moderato of the Serenata al alba del Dia but the better known Rodrigo of the guitar concertos can be discerned very clearly in the Allegro at tr. 12. Gonzalez's lighter-hearted Danza de los Amantes Efimeros was originally for violin and guitar but has been transcribed by Zucker. This Colombian composer's piece has an original and fantastical air breaking out of any suggestion of hackneyed territory. The disc finishes with three transcriptions from Granados's Danzas espagnoles amongst which the clever and endearing Danza triste stands out (tr. 14).
 
Master Music
This is not I think the first time Franck's violin sonata has been recorded in a version for flute and piano. It gives another warmer accent to this well known work and also shows Zucker breaking away from her accustomed territory of suites, genre pieces and atmosphere poems. This grand work of the romantic repertoire receives the customary warm and long-lined lyrical treatment. It works remarkably well especially in the finale. The piano is tactfully balanced and if anything sounds as if its top end presence has been toned down so that at all times it sounds velvety and hardly ever percussive. Ravel's sultry Pièce en forme de Habanera is given here in the transcription by Louis Fleury and at moments looks forward, not very far, to the Rapsodie espagnole. Fauré's Morceau de concours is one of a host of competition pieces - ultimately unremarkable. The Debussy Little Shepherd (no. 5 from Children's Corner) is warmly fruity and fades into an evening that seems to breathe Saharan heat. Schubert's Introduction and Variations on a Theme from the Mullerlieder (not Mullerleider, Cantilena) op. 25 makes a rare and poetic rare appearance in this classically-based collection. The extended and inventive Variations are on the song Trockne (not Trochne) Blumen from Schöne Müllerin. Usually anything by the prolific and long-lived Milhaud is going to be a delight and so it proves with the flute Sonatine. There's a sinuously insidious Tendre, a troubled rippling Souple with some shivering undercurrents and a final confident almost swaggering Clair. Marc Shapira is discreetly supportive throughout. Zucker is very much in the foreground and no one can regret that in the face of such emotionally communicative playing.
 
Rob Barnett

Note from Claude Torres

Readers may be itnerested to know that the following compositions by Marius Flothuis were written in Camp Vught (1943-1945):-


1943 Sonata da camera : for flute and piano : opus 17 (8')
1944 Aria : for trumpet and piano : opus 18 (4')
1944 Concert : for flute and orchestra: opus 19 (22') - Ed. Everard van Royen. 1. Introduzione-Tango e Walzer-Coda - 2. Rondo - 3. Variazioni
1944 Aubade for flute solo opus 19a. - Ed. Everard van Royen
1945 Ronde champêtre : for flute and harpsichord : opus 19b (3')
1944 Bicinia : Bicinia op.20, for Female Choir : opus 20 (8').
1. Rondel / text v. Demoustier - 2. Ronde / text v. P. Fort - 3. Kyrie - 4. Lied / text v. G. Gossaert - 5. Abschiedslied - 6. Copla / text v. H. de Vries
1944 Valses sentimentales : for 4-hands piano : opus 21 (5') Orchestrated 1946
1944 Two pieces for guitar : opus 22 (8'). 1. Folia - 2. Habanera
1944 Duettino pastorale : for 2 violins : opus 23 no. 2 (4'). 1. Preludio - 2. Canzonetta - 3. Rondo
1945 Sonate : for violin solo : opus 23 no. 3 (16'). - Ed. Michel Lacor. - Copenhagen. 1948. (16')
1. Fantasia (Allegro moderato) - 2. Andante - 3. Molto vivace - 4. Rondo (Allegretto leggiero)
Four bagatelles, op. 23 no. 1-4-5-6 for violin and piano (1944 - 1946)
1945 Concerto for horn and small orchestra opus 24 (1022 / 0000 / timp 6vla 4vc 2cb) (16')
1945 Three for 2 horns opus 24a (3')

These works will be recorded and released in the series "KZ Musik" by Membran

Aubade for flute solo op. 19a (1944)
Twee Stukken op.22, guitar
Duettino pastorale op.23 N°2, 2 violins
Bicinia op.20, Female Choir
KZ Musik Vol. 7

Sonata da Camera for flute and piano, opus 17
Aria, op.18, trumpet and piano
KZ Musik Vol. 8

Valses sentimentales op.21, piano 4 hands
KZ Musik Vol. 10

Sonata op.23 N°3, violin
KZ Musik Vol. 11

Concerto pour flûte et orchestre Op.19
Ronde champêtre, op. 19b for flute and harpsichord (1945)
Vier bagatellen, op. 23 no. 1-4-5-6 for violin and piano (1944 - 1946)
Concerto op. 24, horn/Chamber orch.
Trois pièces, op. 24a for 2 horns (1945)
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