Bridge Across the Pyrenees

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Israeli-born violinist Sharon Bezaly now lives in Sweden, where this recording was made, with a Brazilian orchestra and conductor a grand-nephew of Arnold Schoenberg. The program is international as well, with entertaining liner notes presenting an instructive short history of the musical relationship between France and Spain. It is intriguing to learn, for instance, that Prosper Mérimée, the original author of the "Carmen" tale, once wrote that "Africa begins on the other side of the Pyrenees." But the real attraction here is Bezaly, a virtuosa of the kind that's not much made anymore. Her circular-breathing techniques seem to make the flute sound almost continuously, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Israeli-born violinist Sharon Bezaly now lives in Sweden, where this recording was made, with a Brazilian orchestra and conductor a grand-nephew of Arnold Schoenberg. The program is international as well, with entertaining liner notes presenting an instructive short history of the musical relationship between France and Spain. It is intriguing to learn, for instance, that Prosper Mérimée, the original author of the "Carmen" tale, once wrote that "Africa begins on the other side of the Pyrenees." But the real attraction here is Bezaly, a virtuosa of the kind that's not much made anymore. Her circular-breathing techniques seem to make the flute sound almost continuously, and she has both tremendous speed and, paradoxical as the word may sound when applied to a flute, power. The best is saved for last: Jacques Ibert's "Flute Concerto" of 1934 has sharp outer movements that allow Bezaly to show her best stuff, with flute lines that constantly whirl around the orchestral texture. Sample the beginning of the final movement, track 7, where the flutist has to answer block chords with a flurry of notes; by the time Bezaly gets into her lines, your attention is riveted on her. The concerto's modal central movement is lovely, and Bezaly's performance shows her to be as charismatic in cantabile lines as in furious passagework. The program definitely ramps up; the opening "Concierto Pastorale" of Joaquín Rodrigo, from 1978, is idiomatically written for the flute but is lacking in melodic inspiration. The middle movement starts out in the vein of the "Concierto de Aranjuez" but devolves into exchanges of banal calls between flute and orchestra. But things pick up with the almost unknown "Fantaisie brillante sur des airs de Carmen" of François Borne, an unusually thoughtful entry in the long line of virtuoso works based on operatic tunes; Bezaly's performance of the "Habanera," made into a sinuous, seductive piece of atmosphere, is exquisite. The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under John Neschling offers elegant, flexible support well attuned to the essentially neo-Classic language of the two outer concertos on the program. The disc as a whole is well worth hearing for anyone wondering who's going to fill the shoes of the Rampals and the Galways.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2006
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318599915593
  • Catalog Number: 1559
  • Sales rank: 124,085

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Concierto pastoral, for flute & orchestra - Joaquín Rodrigo (25:36)
  2. 2 Fantaisie brillante (on themes from Bizet's Carmen), for flute & piano (or orchestra) - Robert von Bahr & François Borne (11:28)
  3. 5–7 Flute Concerto - Jacques Ibert & Jacques Ibert (19:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sharon Bezaly Primary Artist
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