Album: Kathyrn Thomas, Richard Shaw, Fauré and his Circle (Deux-Elles)
Friday 13 March 2009
For her debut album, the gifted flautist Kathryn Thomas offers pieces reflective of the late-19th century "Ars Gallica" movement in French music, a rich period for flute composition largely because of the abilities of the virtuoso Paul Taffanel.
He premiered both the Saint-Saëns pieces which open this album so elegantly, "Romance Op. 37" and the "Airs de ballet d'ascanio". Some of Fauré's orchestrations were done by student Charles Koechlin, including the "Interlude from Pelléas et Mélisande". Koechlin's own "Deux Nocturnes Op. 32 bis" are somewhat derivative of his teacher, though none the worse for that.
Pick of the album:'Romance Op. 37', 'Fantaisie Op. 79', 'Interlude from Pelléas et Mélisande'
Artists unveils new exhibition inspired by Hastings beachart
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 I was a Woman Against Feminism too
- 2 Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer released: First look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
- 3 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain’s biggest tax avoiders - with HMRC's blessing
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia