Collection: The Flute Album

COMPOSERS: Dutilleux,Villa-Lobos
LABELS: Conifer
WORKS: Music by Dutilleux, Villa-Lobos,
PERFORMER: Karen Jones (flute), etc
CATALOGUE NO: CDCF 905 DDD

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This collection of exquisite pieces for flute contains new transcriptions and some works that are seldom heard on disc. It is essentially French-heavy and sensual, but spiced with Villa-Lobos’s slightly austere Brazilian sounds. Karen Jones is a dramatic interpreter, but occasionally phrases are marred by pinched high notes. The bonus half-hour disc of easy-listening pieces juxtaposes transcriptions of gently Romantic melodies by Saint-Saëns with ostentatious big tunes, as in Borne’s Fantasy on Carmen. Kate Sherriff