LENNOX BERKELEY (1903-1989): Flute Concerto, Op. 36, WILLIAM ALWYN (1905-1985): Flute Concerto (arr. John McCabe [b.1939]), JONATHAN DOVE (b.1959): The Magic Flute Dances for Flute and Orchestra, FRANCIS POULENC (1899-1963): Flute Sonata (orch. Lennox Berkeley).
Catalogue Number: 05N009
Reference: CHAN 10718
Description: A bonanza of gorgeous music for flute and orchestra, Berkeley not only producing a typically Gallic concerto of clarity, economy and elegance but also contributing an orchestration of Poulenc's sonata which sounds as if it was originally made as a concerto - what a beautiful job! McCabe does the same for Alwyn's original which was for flute and eight wind instruments, giving us the full-scale flute concerto which Alwyn, semi-retired and in his mid-seventies at the time he got the commission, could not have produced on his own. Dove's 19-minute Mozart-based confection was written for the soloist here in 1999 - a Young Concert Artists Trust commission - and is a fine 20th century example of the 19th century genre of opera melodies as a basis for a showpiece for soloist and orchestra. Emily Beynon (flute), BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Bramwell Tovey.