The rediscovery of the three Sérénades for flute and strings by the Franco-German Romantic Théodore Gouvy (1819-98) — two of them commissioned by the Philharmonic Club of New York — brings a welcome expansion to the repertoire of nineteenth-century chamber music for flute. Gouvy's charming melodic language disguises the expert craftsmanship of a composer who, not belonging to any national school, has not had the attention his warm-hearted music deserves.
Markus Brönnimann, flute Kreisler Quartet, string quartet Ilka Emmert, double-bass Michael Kleiser, piano
Sérénade No. 2 in F major, Op. 84 (1889) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0185/TOCC0185t02.mp3
Sérénade No. 1 in G major, Op. 82 (1888) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0185/TOCC0185t06.mp3
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Catalogue No: TOCC0185EAN/UPC: 5060113441850Release Date: 03.06.2013Composer: Théodore Gouvy Artists: Ilka Emmert, Kreisler Quartet, Markus Brönnimann, Michael Kleiser
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James A. Altena :
“…Gouvy was a significant composer of the Romantic era who wrote music of considerable substance…The instrumentalists … are uniformly excellent and play these works with all the charm and gracefulness one could ask for. The recorded sound is ideal, with just the right perspective and balance and an inviting degree of warmth, and as previously mentioned the program notes are outstanding. …lovers of Gouvy or of chamber music for flute should find this disc quite appealing, and it is recommended accordingly.” —Fanfare
Paul Ballyk :
“…Unfailingly sunny and beautiful, the program provides an hour of delightful music. Anyone drawn to chamber music with flute will thoroughly enjoy this.” Expedition Audio
Stephen Francis Vasta :
“…Brönnimann’s playing, beautiful throughout the program, can most readily be enjoyed in the F major Sérénade. His first, low-range entry is firm in a register that’s customarily weak, and his timbre is round, almost velvety. As the line ascends, the tone gains in clarity without turning aggressive. He’s not a flashy player, though he certainly has dexterity to spare where the music wants it; rather, it’s the poise and patience with which he spins out the passagework that lingers in the mind. The Kreisler Quartet members, joined by bassist Ilka Emmert, play sensitively and with alert rhythmic address. Michael Kleiser’s pianism is solid, with layered textures.” MusicWeb International
Eric Schissel :
What an excellent program for a CD!
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