More and more flute recitals of unique 19th century music are appearing in more cd catalogs and rightly so; needless to say, this recital by brilliant Italian flutist Raffaele Trevisani and Paola Girardi, pianist, is no exception to this statement. The tonal quality here is wonderful: lush, balanced, warm, and an exciting and breath taking technique to match. The program: Gaetano Donizetti - (1797)-1848): Sonata: I. Largo; II. Allegro; Pablo de Sarasate - (1844-1908): Zigeunerrveisen - (Gypsy Airs); Theobald Boehm - (1744-1881): Grand Polonaise; Jules Massenet - (1842-1912): Mediation from the opera, Thais; Franz Doppler - (1821-1883): Airs Valaques; Francois Borne - (1840-1921): Fantasie Brillante sur "Carmen;" Antonio Bazzini - (1818-1897).
Here one finds some interesting flute transcriptions from original violin compositions and they certainly work well here especially the de Sarasate and the Bazzini. The accompaniments are sensitive and match the art and technique of the flutist. The sound is spacious with both instruments. The Boehm, Borne, Doppler are well-known concert-virtuoso showpieces which demonstrate the art and technique of the respective performer. Program notes are fine and this cd is highly recommended for any professional flutist as well as student, music aficionado, and anyone who enjoys exciting music performed in an exciting manner.
- Dennis E. Ferrara -