Romantic Music for Flute and Harp

Romantic Music for Flute and Harp

     
 
To be accurate, this collection should have been entitled "Transcriptions of Romantic Music for Flute and Harp" since all but three of the pieces were arranged by harpist Nóra Mercz. Beyond that quibble, the disc is a pleasant but fairly bland confection that is almost too perfectly suited for background listening. The combination of János

Overview

To be accurate, this collection should have been entitled "Transcriptions of Romantic Music for Flute and Harp" since all but three of the pieces were arranged by harpist Nóra Mercz. Beyond that quibble, the disc is a pleasant but fairly bland confection that is almost too perfectly suited for background listening. The combination of János Bálint's consistently sweet flute playing and Mercz's reverberant accompaniment may be agreeable in small doses, but the charm wears off after only a few tracks. Taken individually, each piece is well executed and played with warmth, and listeners will find many of them to be familiar. Bizet's Intermezzo from "Carmen" and his Minuet from "L'Arlésienne" are among the best known, along with Gluck's "Dance of the Blessed Spirits," Mozart's "Andante," and the "Hindu Song" from "Sadko" by Rimsky-Korsakov. Massenet's "Méditation" from "Thaïs" is also famous, but as a rapturous, ephemeral violin solo; the transition to the flute's rounder sonority is not quite successful. Debussy's "En bateau" and Ravel's "Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera" offer a slight change of mood, though this may not matter if the duo's tone colors have already started to pall. The Chopin "Variations" and Strauss' "Tritsch-Tratsch Polka" are the liveliest selections, though the contrast they provide is too little, too late.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/1994
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099574129
catalogNumber:
8550741

Tracks

  1. Carmen, opera: Intermezzo
  2. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis")
  3. Waltz in E flat major, Op. 83
  4. Work(s): [Unspecified] Menuet in E flat major
  5. Petite suite (4), for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra), L. 65: En bateau
  6. Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano
  7. Chaconne in A flat minor
  8. Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euridice")
  9. Andante for flute & orchestra in C major, K. 315 (K. 285e)
  10. Variations on "Non più mesta" from Rossini's La Cenerentola, for flute & piano in E major, KK Anh.Ia/5 (B. 9) (spurious)
  11. Mazurka in E-flat Minor, Op 12
  12. Sadko, opera in 3 (or 5) acts: Hindu Song
  13. Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor, Op. 51/6
  14. Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka (Chit-Chat Polka), for orchestra, Op. 214 (RV 214)

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