Notes & Reviews:
Flutist Richard Sherman follows up his highly acclaimed "French Album" CD ("I cannot imagine any of this music being more beautifully and lovingly played than it is here" - Fanfare Magazine) with "French Album II. Homage to Pedagogy," CD that includes music by Camus, Dubois, Bitsch, Taffanel, Gaubert, Castérède and Damase. In this album one enters into a listening world that is both richly French and brilliantly flutistic. Thanks to Claude-Paul Taffanel (1844- 1910) and his legacy, we have catalogues full of music and etudes or studies that showcase countless technical challenges for the instrument. Only a portion of the group of composers featured in this album were flutists, so the fact that they took time and energy to write flute studies speaks to the Paris Conservatoire's early twentieth century tradition of elevating the flute to an instrument of solo status. The works represented in French Album II: Homage to Pedagogy, ensure that the flute's distinctive voice transcends glib virtuosic execution. Technical requirements for each piece resonate with the full range of the composers' myriad of emotions.