EDWARD GERMAN (1862-1936): Intermezzo, Suite, THOMAS DUNHILL (1877-1946): Valse Fantasia, HAMILTON HARTY (1879-1941): In Ireland, MICHAEL HEAD (1900-1976): By the River in Spring, WILLIAM ALWYN (1900-1985): Flute Sonata, STANFORD ROBINSON (1904-1984): The Moon-Maiden's Dance, HAVELOCK NELSON (1917-1996): Eirie Cherie, In Venezuela, KENNETH LEIGHTON (1929-1988): Flute Sonata.
Catalogue Number: 06K068
Label: Divine Art
Description: Although this may look like just another collection of pastoral English flute music, it's not. There are no other recordings available of any of these works and Leighton's early (1949) sonata, at 22 minutes, is the longest work here. An adaptation of a violin sonata, it's in a lyrical, approachable style. Alwyn's nine-minute work of the year before had its piano part go missing and only had a performing edition published in 1998. A serious, reflective work, it manages to end in a spirit of optimism. German's late 19th century works are of far lighter stuff as are most of the rest of the pieces here, with Head's 1950 By the River the only, but beautiful example of English pastoralism here. Kenneth Smith (flute), Paul Rhodes (piano).