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Vocalise - Music for flute & piano by Schubert, Poulenc, Barber, Bartok, Messiaen, Poulenc / Adam Walker, flute; James Baillieu, piano

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Flute and Piano
>Poulenc, Francis : Vocalise, for voice & piano, FP 44
>Messiaen, Olivier : Lecons de solfege, exercises for voice
>Bartók, Béla : Hungarian Peasant Songs, for flute & string orchestra (arr. Bartók)
>Barber, Samuel : Canzone (Elegy), for flute & piano (arr. from 2nd mvt. of the Piano Concerto), Op. 38a
>Schubert, Franz : Introduction and variations op. 160
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, Adam Walker presents a recital of alternately lyric and dynamic music for flute and piano. A lovelorn song from Die schone Mullerin forms the basis of a set of variations by Schubert, and reflective songs without words by Poulenc and Barber offer mellifluous contrast with the dancing energy of Bartok, Messiaen and Poulenc.

Expedition Audio Recommended
A program of transcriptions and original works for flute and piano, Vocalise highlights the brilliant artistry of flautist Adam Walker on a new release from Opus Arte... Adam Walker was appointed principle flute of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at the age of 21, and his playing should not be missed by anyone who appreciates great musicianship... In sum, this is a very enjoyable program, more than an hour of wonderful music, beautifully played, that goes by all too quickly. ... read more ...

Gramophone Magazine, July 2013
He is a superb player, with a tone that is slightly cool, and there is much delicacy of nuance in his phrasing...So the listener can expect something distinctive here, and is not disappointed.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
There are some nice touches in Walker and Baillieu's performance of the Poulenc sonata. In 1927, Poulenc wrote a Vocalise-Etude that he later contributed to a ten-volume set published by Leduc. It is a strong piece loaded with romantic drama. The first of Messiaen's Sight Singing Exercises (1934) could well be one of the folk songs from the Bartok-Arma suite that comes next - it's that direct and simple. These form a set of five pieces that runs about nine minutes. I like the way he soars when the writing in the Barber Canzone goes up high. The effortless playing suits this piece. Nevertheless, the performance has some captivating touches. Walker is particularly fine when he wants to play very softly. James Baillieu impresses me just as much as Walker. Together or apart, I'd gladly hear them again.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (03/19/2012-03/22/2012).



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Works Details

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Flute and Piano
  • Performers: Adam Walker (Flute); James Baillieu (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (03/19/2012-03/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956-1957

>Poulenc, Francis : Vocalise, for voice & piano, FP 44
  • Performers: Adam Walker (Flute); James Baillieu (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (03/19/2012-03/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Messiaen, Olivier : Leçons de solfège, exercises for voice
  • Performers: Adam Walker (Flute); James Baillieu (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (03/19/2012-03/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Hungarian Peasant Songs, for flute & string orchestra (arr. Bartók)
  • Performers: Adam Walker (Flute); James Baillieu (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (03/19/2012-03/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1914-1918

>Barber, Samuel : Canzone (Elegy), for flute & piano (arr. from 2nd mvt. of the Piano Concerto), Op. 38a
  • Performers: Adam Walker (Flute); James Baillieu (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (03/19/2012-03/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Schubert, Franz : Introduction and variations op. 160
  • Performers: Adam Walker (Flute); James Baillieu (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (03/19/2012-03/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/1824