JEAN RIVIER (1896-1987): Concerto for Flute and Strings, JEAN-MICHEL DAMASE (1928-2013): Sérénade for Flute and Strings, JEAN FRANÇAIX (1912-1997): Impromptu for Flute and Strings, JACQUES IBERT (1890-1962): Flute Concerto.
Catalogue Number: 02U010
Reference: NI 675
Description: Ibert’s concerto is standard repertoire on disc now while none of the other three works are currently available. So the easiest thing to say is that if you like the Ibert then you’ll like all the rest. Even though they’re much later than the Ibert (Rivier and Damase from 1956 and Françaix from 1983), they share the typical French traits of brightness, clarity, wit and charm with the occasional shadow of meditativeness or inwardness in slow movements which is soon banished by the sunshine of the finale. The three were also either written for Jean-Pierre Rampal or, in the case of the Françaix, commissioned by the Rampal International Flute Competition. Ransom Wilson (flute), BBC Concert Orchestra; Perry So.