There's not much to say about this second instalment of "Classics for the Flute," for the simple reason that it's pretty well perfect. The repertoire is what the title promises - a bouquet of the standard classics. The performances are nothing short of exemplary. The recording is beautifully warm. The notes are generous and informative. A winner on every imaginable count.
One of the banes of a critic's life is that, along with music that you itch to write about, there's always a recording or two that requires nothing more than jobbing journalism, and I thought that this was going to be one of those discs - middle-of-the-road fare to appeal to a middle-of-the-road audience, requiring more imagination to find something to say than to describe the music. Not a bit of it. The playing is so damned fine that every minute of this disc brings fresh delight. It is, by contrast, one of the joys of the critic's drab existence that sometimes recordings come along that remind us tired old hacks of the simple joy of fine music-making. Unarguably, this is one such. Fed up with bad news on the TV? Sick of all that empty prattle from the political spin doctors? Nasty letter from the bank manager? Spend a few dollars on this little treasure trove and put it all behind you for an hour and a bit.
You might then like to know what's on Volume I, on 50-9306. The Schubert Trock'ne Blume Variations, a suite by Widor, the Martinů First Sonata and the Poulenc Sonata. I haven't heard it yet, but you can be sure I shall be looking it out.
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