Flute Concertos

Flute Concertos
Artist Various artists
Format 12 CD
Cat. number 95490
EAN code 5028421954905
Release June 2017

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A wonderful selection of concertos and other works featuring the flute from the 18th and 19th centuries, this box showcases 14 composers who championed the flute, each in their own way, with refined and idiomatic music for the instrument. Vivaldi and Alessandro Scarlatti (father in the musical Scarlatti family) were active during the 1720s, an era of transition from the end-blown recorder to the more powerful and easily tuned side-blown transverse flute common today. The works in this set by Scarlatti include concertos for both, while the modern flute is the star of the remaining music, from Vivaldi’s complete Op.10 concertos through to the fine F minor concerto by Büchner, a 19th-century German composer active in Russia.

C.P.E Bach, Benda and Quantz all served in the court of Frederick the Great – a gifted amateur flute player who demanded works for his instrument from the musicians in his employ – and this accounts for the great contribution these three composers made to the repertoire. From later in the 18th century we have the inventive and idiomatic flute music of Mozart, along with that of several of his contemporaries, Germans Danzi and Hoffmeister, the Bohemian Rosetti, and the Frenchman Devienne, whose worthy music was thankfully revived in the 1960s by Jean-Pierre Rampal. Joining Büchner in the 19th century are the Italian Mercadante and Swiss-born Du Puy who was active in Scandinavia. Both noted opera composers, their sense for breath and melodic line no doubt informed their fine flute music.

Soloists of international calibre and renown perform with equally noteworthy ensembles in recordings spanning four decades: from Patrick Gallois’s recent outings in Sweden (Devienne) and Finland (Mercadante) and Ginevra Petrucci’s renditions of Du Puy and Büchner with Milan’s acclaimed Pomeriggi Musicali to timeless interpretations from Johannes Walter and the Staatskapelle Dresden (Mozart), Machiko Takahashi with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, and Hungarian virtuosos András Adorján (Benda, Danzi) and János Szebenyi (Hoffmeister, Rosetti).
Authentic performance is also represented in this 12CD set, with Mario Folena joining Vivaldi specialists Federico Guglielmo and L’Arte dell’Arco, and Federico Maria Sardelli and Ugo Galasso soloing on both flute and recorder with Modo Antiquo – all on period instruments. Iceland’s Nordic Affect period ensemble features Georgia Browne in flute music by Abel, who wrote his chamber works for his pioneering London subscription concerts, organised with his friend J.C. Bach.

Another special feature in this treasure box of flute gems is Mary Oleskiewicz’s world premiere recording on Baroque transverse flute of four concertos by Quantz, a composer synonymous with the flute for his important contributions to the instrument’s pedagogy, technology and repertoire.

This 12 CD set contains a generous collection of solo concertos for the most popular of wind instruments, the flute.
Traversing more than two centuries the collection presents concertos by the great Baroque Masters Vivaldi, C.P.E. Bach and Alessandro Scarlatti, continuing into the classical era with concertos by Abel, Mozart, Benda, Danzi, Hoffmeister, Rosetti and Quantz, and finally arriving in the romantic era with Devienne, Mercadante, Dupuy and Büchner.
Performed by world famous flutists such as Patrick Gallois, András Adorján and Ginevra Petrucci.
A treasure trove of the known and lesser known, a feast of sparkling, melodious and brilliant flute concertos for both the serious collector and the classical starter!

Recorded between 1975 and 2014.
Contains liner notes by Philip Borg-Wheeler.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Flute Concerto in F Major, RV 433: I. Allegro
  2. Flute Concerto in F Major, RV 433: II. Largo
  3. Flute Concerto in F Major, RV 433: III. Presto
  4. Flute Concerto in G Minor, RV 439: I. Largo
  5. Flute Concerto in G Minor, RV 439: II. Presto – Largo
  6. Flute Concerto in G Minor, RV 439: III. Presto
  7. Flute Concerto in G Minor, RV 439: IV. Largo
  8. Flute Concerto in G Minor, RV 439: V. Allegro
  9. Flute Concerto in D Major, RV 428: I. Allegro
  10. Flute Concerto in D Major, RV 428: II. Largo
  11. Flute Concerto in D Major, RV 428: III. Allegro
  12. Flute Concerto in G Major, RV 435: I. Allegro
  13. Flute Concerto in G Major, RV 435: II. Largo
  14. Flute Concerto in G Major, RV 435: III. Allegro
  15. Flute Concerto in F Major, RV 434: I. Allegro ma non tanto
  16. Flute Concerto in F Major, RV 434: II. Largo cantabile
  17. Flute Concerto in F Major, RV 434: III. Allegro
  18. Flute Concerto in G Major, RV 437: I. Allegro
  19. Flute Concerto in G Major, RV 437: II. Largo
  20. Flute Concerto in G Major, RV 437: III. Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Flute Concerto in G Major, WK 50: I. Allegro
  2. Flute Concerto in G Major, WK 50: II. Adagio
  3. Flute Concerto in G Major, WK 50: III. Presto
  4. Flute Sonata in C Major, WK 123: I. Adagio
  5. Flute Sonata in C Major, WK 123: II. Allegro
  6. Flute Sonata in C Major, WK 123: III. Vivace
  7. Trio Sonata in G Major, WK 80: I. Vivace
  8. Trio Sonata in G Major, WK 80: II. Adagio ma non troppo
  9. Trio Sonata in G Major, WK 80: III. Menuetto
  10. Flute Sonata in E Minor, WK 125: I. Adagio
  11. Flute Sonata in E Minor, WK 125: II. Allegro
  12. Flute Sonata in E Minor, WK 125: III. Vivace
  13. Flute Concerto in E Minor, WK 47: I. Allegro
  14. Flute Concerto in E Minor, WK 47: II. Adagio ma non troppo
  15. Flute Concerto in E Minor, WK 47: III. Allegro
  16. Symphony in C Major, WK 2: I. Allegro assai
  17. Symphony in C Major, WK 2: II. Andantino
  18. Symphony in C Major, WK 2: III. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 164: I. Allegretto
  2. Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 164: II. Largo e mesto
  3. Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 164: III. Allegro moderato
  4. Flute Concerto in D Minor, Wq. 22: I. Allegro
  5. Flute Concerto in D Minor, Wq. 22: II. Un poco andante
  6. Flute Concerto in D Minor, Wq. 22: III. Allegro di molto
  7. Concerto in E-Flat Major, Wq. 165: I. Allegro
  8. Concerto in E-Flat Major, Wq. 165: II. Adagio ma non troppo
  9. Concerto in E-Flat Major, Wq. 165: III. Allegro ma non troppo

Disk 4

  1. Concerto in A Major: I. Grave
  2. Concerto in A Major: II. Allegro
  3. Concerto in A Major: III. Minuet
  4. Concerto in C Minor: I. Moderato
  5. Concerto in C Minor: II. Fuga
  6. Concerto in C Minor: III. Largo
  7. Concerto in C Minor: IV. Andante
  8. Concerto in C Minor: V. Andante
  9. Concerto in A Minor: I. Allegro
  10. Concerto in A Minor: II. Largo
  11. Concerto in A Minor: III. Fuga
  12. Concerto in A Minor: IV. Piano
  13. Concerto in A Minor: V. Allegro
  14. Concerto in D Major: I. Allegro
  15. Concerto in D Major: II. Adagio
  16. Concerto in D Major: III. Fuga
  17. Concerto in D Major: IV. Largo
  18. Concerto in D Major: V. Allegro
  19. Concerto in G Minor: I. Allegro
  20. Concerto in G Minor: II. Fuga
  21. Concerto in G Minor: III. Largo
  22. Concerto in G Minor: IV. Allegro
  23. Concerto in C Major: I. Adagio
  24. Concerto in C Major: II. Fuga
  25. Concerto in C Major: III. Largo
  26. Concerto in C Major: IV. Allegro
  27. Concerto in A Minor: I. Andante
  28. Concerto in A Minor: II. Allegro
  29. Concerto in A Minor: III. Veloce
  30. Concerto in A Minor: IV. Lento
  31. Concerto in A Minor: V. Allegro
  32. Concerto in F Major: I. Vivace
  33. Concerto in F Major: II. Allegro
  34. Concerto in F Major: III. Grave
  35. Concerto in F Major: IV. Allegro
  36. Concerto in A Major: I. Allegro
  37. Concerto in A Major: II. Fuga
  38. Concerto in A Major: III. Adagio
  39. Concerto in A Major: IV. Andante

Disk 5

  1. Flute Concerto in G Major, K. 313: I. Allegro maestoso
  2. Flute Concerto in G Major, K. 313: II. Adagio non troppo
  3. Flute Concerto in G Major, K. 313: III. Rondo. Tempo di menuetto
  4. Flute Concerto in D Major, K. 314: I. Allegro aperto
  5. Flute Concerto in D Major, K. 314: II. Andante ma non troppo
  6. Flute Concerto in D Major, K. 314: III. Allegro
  7. Andante in C Major, K. 315

Disk 6

  1. Flute Concerto in E Minor, LII.4: I. Allegro con brio
  2. Flute Concerto in E Minor, LII.4: II. Un poco andante
  3. Flute Concerto in E Minor, LII.4: III. Presto
  4. Flute Concerto in A Major, LII.15: I. Allegretto
  5. Flute Concerto in A Major, LII.15: II. Adagio
  6. Flute Concerto in A Major, LII.15: III. Vivace, ma non troppo presto
  7. Flute Concerto in A Minor, LII.16: I. Allegretto, ma non troppo
  8. Flute Concerto in A Minor, LII.16: II. Affetuoso, ma con spirit
  9. Flute Concerto in A Minor, LII.16: III. Vivace, scherzando

Disk 7

  1. Concerto No. 1 in G Major, Op. 30: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto No. 1 in G Major, Op. 30: II. Larghetto
  3. Concerto No. 1 in G Major, Op. 30: III. Allegro moderato
  4. Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 31: I. Allegro
  5. Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 31: II. Larghetto non troppo
  6. Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 31: III. Polacca
  7. Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 42: I. Allegro
  8. Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 42: II. Andante
  9. Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 42: III. Allegretto
  10. Concerto No. 4 in D Major, Op. 43: I. Larghetto – Allegro
  11. Concerto No. 4 in D Major, Op. 43: II. Larghetto
  12. Concerto No. 4 in D Major, Op. 43: III. Allegretto

Disk 8

  1. Flute Concerto in D Major, GroF 440: I. Allegro brillante
  2. Flute Concerto in D Major, GroF 440: II. Adagio
  3. Flute Concerto in D Major, GroF 440: III. Rondo
  4. Concerto I in G Major, C23/III:11: I. Allegro
  5. Concerto I in G Major, C23/III:11: II. Adagio con espressione
  6. Concerto I in G Major, C23/III:11: III. Rondo. Allegro moderato
  7. Concerto in D Major, C17/III:16: I. Allegro assai
  8. Concerto in D Major, C17/III:16: II. Adagio
  9. Concerto in D Major, C17/III:16: III. Rondo

Disk 9

  1. Flute Concerto in A Minor, QV5:238: I. Allegretto
  2. Flute Concerto in A Minor, QV5:238: II. Arioso ma non troppo
  3. Flute Concerto in A Minor, QV5:238: III. Rondo. Allegretto ma non tanto
  4. Flute Concerto in G Major, QV5:165: I. Allegretto
  5. Flute Concerto in G Major, QV5:165: II. Arioso
  6. Flute Concerto in G Major, QV5:165: III. Presto
  7. Flute Concerto in C Minor, QV5:38: I. Allegro
  8. Flute Concerto in C Minor, QV5:38: II. Lento
  9. Flute Concerto in C Minor, QV5:38: III. Vivace
  10. Flute Concerto in D Minor, QV5:81: I. Allegro e con spirit
  11. Flute Concerto in D Minor, QV5:81: II. Arioso
  12. Flute Concerto in D Minor, QV5:81: III. Vivace

Disk 10

  1. Flute Concerto No. 1 in D Major: I. Allegro
  2. Flute Concerto No. 1 in D Major: II. Adagio
  3. Flute Concerto No. 1 in D Major: III. Rondo. Allegretto
  4. Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major: I. Allegro
  5. Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major: II. Adagio
  6. Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major: III. Rondo. Allegretto
  7. Flute Concerto No. 3 in G Major: I. Allegro
  8. Flute Concerto No. 3 in G Major: II. Romance
  9. Flute Concerto No. 3 in G Major: III. Rondo. Allegretto
  10. Flute Concerto No. 4 in G Major: I. Allegro
  11. Flute Concerto No. 4 in G Major: II. Romance
  12. Flute Concerto No. 4 in G Major: III. Rondo. Moderato

Disk 11

  1. Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 57: I. Allegro maestoso
  2. Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 57: II. Largo
  3. Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 57: III. Rondò russo. Allegro giusto
  4. Concerto No. 4 in G Major: I. Allegro maestoso
  5. Concerto No. 4 in G Major: II. Largo espressivo
  6. Concerto No. 4 in G Major: III. Polacca brillante
  7. Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 49: I. Allegro maestoso
  8. Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 49: II. Largo
  9. Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 49: III. Polacca brillante

Disk 12

  1. Concerto in D Minor: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Concerto in D Minor: II. Andante
  3. Concerto in D Minor: III. Rondo
  4. Flute Concerto in F Minor, Op. 38: I. Allegro
  5. Flute Concerto in F Minor, Op. 38: II. Andante
  6. Flute Concerto in F Minor, Op. 38: III. Allegro