Since the end of the seventeenth century French composers have shown a particular skill and deftness of touch in writing for the flute. The instrument owes much of its prominence in French music of the twentieth century to the use made of it in orchestral colouring by composers such as Debussy and Ravel, as well as to a group of highly gifted players associated in one way or another with the Paris Conservatoire. They include the soloist on this recording, Patrick Gallois, a pupil of Jean-Pierre Rampal. This collection of works composed during the last sixty years ranges from Poulenc’s Sonata, marked by rhythmic vitality and a delicate vein of sentimentality, Messiaen’s Le merle noir, inspired by bird song, to Boulez’s Sonatine, which the composer himself has characterised as ‘organised delirium’.
Sounds of the dolphin merge with piano, flute, guitar and gentle orchestration to produce a stunning album inspired by the most intelligent of mammals. The extraordinary relationship we have with the dolphin, and its inexplicable ability to heal and calm us has long been recognized by all who have come into contact with them. In Dolphin Healing Richard Young uses the playful nature and mystical powers of our ocean friends to produce an album of brilliant originality just perfect for healing and spiritual relaxation.
A great live set from Sadao Watanabe – one that shows the wealth of influences he'd been drawing on, from post-Coltrane spirituality, to African-oriented rhythms, to a slight bit of funk! The group's great – with Watanabe on flute, alto, and soprano sax, Takehiro Honda on Fender Rhodes and piano, Kazumi Watanabe on guitar, plus added bass, trombone, and percussion – and we especially like Honda's keyboards, which make any session like this an instant treat! The album's got a warm, soulful feeling, but a sharper edge than most of Watanabe's smoother work of the time – and titles include "Hiro", "Maraica", "Wana Tanzania", and "Mathari Terbenam".
This unusual release, recorded in 1975, attempts to shed light on the numerous problems concerning the nature and indeed authorship of the flute sonatas by, or not by, Bach. The artistry of these musicians is, as we might expect, compelling, but in their attempt to segregate authentic Bach from what are often supposed to be spurious flute sonatas they have, in common parlance, 'come a cropper'. (CRD CRDIOI4-15, 8/75). N.A..