Gerard Hoffnung CDs
Complete Works for Flute and Orchestra
Concerto in G major KV313 [23:38]
Andante in C major KV315 [6:26]
Concerto in C major for flute, harp and orchestra KV299 [25:28]
Rondo in D major
KV Anh. 184 [5:45]
Concerto in D major KV314 [19:09] (Cadenzas by Kalevi Aho)
Sharon Bezaly (flute); Julie Palloc
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra/Juha Kangas
rec. April 2005 and October 2007, Kaustinen Church, Finland.
BIS BISSACD1539 [81:52]
the opening few bars of this recording came as something
as a disappointment. The tempo of the first movement of
the G major concerto was a little on the fast side for
my taste, and the articulation, from both the orchestra
and soloist was a little too indistinct for the maestoso direction.
However, I soon settled into the interpretational decisions
and realized that this is a completely fresh take on frequently
performed repertoire, and Bezaly is very much making the
music her own.
are numerous recordings of the Mozart flute concertos available,
which range from period performances to brash soloistic
displays. This one comes out somewhere near the top of
the pile. The musical choices are a delicate balance between
the historically informed and Bezaly’s personality, and
as such, this is more than just another Mozart recording.
sound is captivating, and her delicate phrasing in the
second movement of the G major concerto is one of the high
points of the recording. The final movement is a fast and
spirited performance which is light and full of sparkle.
Andante in C, often played by young flute students, is
treated with the same respect as the other concertos and
performed in a considered way, making it among the best
performances of this work I have heard. The other single
movement work on this disc, the Rondo in D is played
with much charm and well judged Mozartean poise.
Palloc proves an excellent duo partner in the flute and
harp concerto. With a performer of Bezaly’s stature one
can imagine a possible overshadowing of fellow performers,
but this is not the case here. Palloc’s playing is musical
and highly accomplished. The slow movement of this concerto
is one of my favourite pieces in the flute repertoire,
and this is a wonderful performance.
orchestra plays with homogenous sound and excellent accompanying
skills throughout this disc, and provides a particularly
enjoyable opening to the D major concerto. This is a light
and controlled performance, with an uncomplicated slow
movement which shows the beauty in Mozart’s writing. Bezaly
once again brings her personality to the performance, which
is convincing throughout.
Aho’s cadenzas are written with the modern flute player
in mind – they use a greater range than the flute was capable
of in Mozart’s day, and have a fresh, contemporary feel.
Purists may not enjoy the departure from classical tradition,
but they complement the works well and give Bezaly an opportunity
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