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Saverio Mercadante: Flute Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 4 / Patrick Gallois, flute

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>Mercadante, Saverio : Concerto for Flute in E minor, Op. 57
>Mercadante, Saverio : Concerto for Flute in G major
>Mercadante, Saverio : Concerto for flute & orchestra in E major

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>Mercadante, Saverio : Concerto for Flute in E minor, Op. 57
>Mercadante, Saverio : Concerto for Flute in G major
>Mercadante, Saverio : Concerto for flute & orchestra in E major
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Notes & Reviews:

Saverio Mercadante was one of Italy's ground-breaking composers in the development of opera, admired by contemporaries such as Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini and Verdi. But during the years 1814 to 1820, inspired by fellow conservatoire students and their virtuoso teachers, he embarked on a series of works for the flute. They include seven concertos, happy exceptions to the rule in opera-obsessed Italy of the day. The solo writing is vividly characterized; full of technical demands perfectly adapted to the instrument's then more limited capabilities and permeated with a rich bel canto lyricism.

MusicWeb International, 13th January 2014
Mercadante offers a series of well-crafted flute works, unsurprisingly based on the stylisations of bel canto opera, set within the fast-slow-fast structure typical of the era...Mercadante's works are rendered even more attractive by the considerable skill and commitment of the Rome Symphony Orchestra under the expert guidance of La Vecchia.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Patrick Gallois performs these works smoothly. The tempo for this performance of the famous Rondo Russo movement of Concerto 2 is brisk, and about two minutes in Gallois plays a high C. He plays his own cadenza in the Largo of Concerto 1. I'm particularly fond of the brief cadenza Galway came up with for III in the E minor. The notes were written by Mariateresa Dellaborra, the musicologist in charge of the new editions.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Suolahti Hall, Jyväskylä, Finland (12/18/2011-12/22/2011).



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>Mercadante, Saverio : Concerto for Flute in E minor, Op. 57
  • Performer: Patrick Gallois (Flute)
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla
  • Notes: Suolahti Hall, Jyväskylä, Finland (12/18/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1819

>Mercadante, Saverio : Concerto for Flute in G major
  • Performer: Patrick Gallois (Flute)
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla
  • Notes: Suolahti Hall, Jyväskylä, Finland (12/18/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mercadante, Saverio : Concerto for flute & orchestra in E major
  • Performer: Patrick Gallois (Flute)
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla
  • Notes: Suolahti Hall, Jyväskylä, Finland (12/18/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1819