dda 21222 (2CD)
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Among the instruments, the flute is one which has one of the widest expressive tones, especially heard to advantage in this collection of 46 light classics, ranging from the dreamy and romantic to the lively and sparkling. Original works are joined by many arrangements of popular orchestral or piano pieces, many by the performers. A feast of virtuosity and superb for both concentrated listening or lightening the mood. Over 145 minutes of great music. This set is a sequel to 'Flute Vocalise' (DDV24156) another fine collection (single CD midprice).

Some tracks on this set were previously available on ASV and have been remastered and new recordings added.

(click artist profile links above to see more CDs by Smith and Rhodes)

CD DURATION:  CD1: 74.57 CD2: 70.47

AUDIO SAMPLE: Last Spring (Grieg) - extract)  






Ralph Vaughan Williams:
Fantasia on Greensleeves
Edward Elgar:
Chanson de Matin
The Serious Doll
La Capricieuse
Salut d'Amour
Howard Blake:
Make Believe
Walking in the Air
Percy Grainger:
Brigg Fair
Walking Tune
William Lloyd-Webber:
Two Country Impressions
Cyril Scott:
Lotus Land, Op. 47 No. 1
Peter Lamb:
English Air
Gerald Finzi:
Five Bagatelles
Frederick Delius:
La Calinda
William Walton:
Touch her soft lips and part
traditional airs:
The Skye Boat Song
Music in the Street
Golden Slumbers (May Fair)
Malcolm Arnold:
Allegretto from Sonatina, Op. 18
Claude Debussy:
La fille aux cheveux de lin
Clair de Lune
Menuet from 'Petite Suite'
Felix Mendelssohn:
On Wings of Song
Fritz Kreisler:
Schön Rosmarin
Robert Schumann:
Träumerei (from Kinderszenen)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korskaov:
Chant Hindou (from Sadko)
Flight of the Bumble Bee (from Tsar Saltan)
Aram Khachaturian:
Adagio (from Spartacus)
Edvard Grieg:
Elegiac Melody, Op. 34 No. 2 Last Spring
Gabriel Fauré:
Berceuse (from Dolly Suite, Op. 56)
François-Joseph Gossec:
Franz Liszt:
Liebestraum No. 3
Jacques Offenbach:
Barcarolle (from Tales of Hoffmann)
Fryderyk Chopin:
'Minute' Waltz, Op. 64 No. 1
Alexander Borodin:
Nocturne (from String Quartet No. 2)
Grigoras Dinicu:
Hora Staccato
Erik Satie:
3 Gymnopédies
Vittorio Monti:

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“The playing is a pleasure to listen to, with beautifully even tone, a wide palette of colours, and flawless intonation, accompanied sensitively by Paul Rhodes. This is a most enjoyable compilation, beautifully played.” - Daniel Shao (Pan – The Flute Magazine)

“A programme … in which the musicality and freshness are joined in the simple pleasures of an auditory adventure. The French listener will discover here many titles popular across the Channel in Britain to his grand satisfaction.” – Pascal Gresset (Tempo Flute, France)

“Kenneth Smith's sound is ravishingly beautiful, and he always plays with accuracy and imagination. Paul Rhodes's accompani­ments are skillful, sensitive, and perfectly timed. The booklet includes a few words about each selection plus information on publishers. The cover art, a close-up of light blue delphini­um flowers, is almost as lovely as the playing inside.” - Todd Gorman (American Record Guide)

“ Flutist Kenneth Smith and pianist Paul Rhodes give a two-disc recital that contains some of the most calming music imaginable. Their arrangements are enthralling and they convey the meanings of [the originally vocal] pieces without reference to their texts. The sound on the recording is clear and present with the flute in front of the piano.” – Maria Nockin (Fanfare)