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 JánosSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/1994
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099574129
catalogNumber:
8550741
Rank:
248620

Tracks

  1. Carmen, opera: Intermezzo  - Georges Bizet  - Janos Balint  - Nóra Mercz
  2. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis")  - Jules Massenet  - Janos Balint  - Nóra Mercz
  3. Waltz in E flat major, Op. 83  - Marie-Auguste Durand  - Nóra Mercz
  4. Work(s): [Unspecified] Menuet in E flat major  - Georges Bizet  - Janos Balint  - Nóra Mercz
  5. Petite suite (4), for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra), L. 65: En bateau  - Claude Debussy  - Janos Balint  - Nóra Mercz
  6. Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano  - Maurice Ravel  - Janos Balint  - Nóra Mercz
  7. Chaconne in A flat minor  - Marie-Auguste Durand  - Nóra Mercz
  8. Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euridice")  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  - Janos Balint  - Nóra Mercz
  9. Andante for flute & orchestra in C major, K. 315 (K. 285e)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Janos Balint  - Nóra Mercz
  10. Variations on "Non più mesta" from Rossini's La Cenerentola, for flute & piano in E major, KK Anh.Ia/5 (B. 9) (spurious)  - Frédéric Chopin  - Janos Balint  - Nóra Mercz
  11. Mazurka in E-flat Minor, Op 12  - Edmund Schuecker  - Nóra Mercz
  12. Sadko, opera in 3 (or 5) acts: Hindu Song  - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  - Janos Balint  - Nóra Mercz
  13. Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor, Op. 51/6  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Janos Balint  - Nóra Mercz
  14. Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka (Chit-Chat Polka), for orchestra, Op. 214 (RV 214)  - Johann Strauss  - Janos Balint  - Nóra Mercz

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