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Haydn: Six Duo Concertantes for two flutes / Ginevra Petrucci & GianLuca Petrucci, flutes

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Duo concertantes (6), for 2 flutes (arranged from string quartet movements)
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Notes & Reviews:

Transcription was a common practice during the 18th century - particularly among the most sought-after composers of the day, who aimed to broaden the destination of their works through audiences as well as publications. One such composer was Joseph Haydn, who enjoyed great success during his two visits to London in 1791 and 1794 respectively. His fame in the English capital generated a high interest among the amateur flautists of the nobility, who were eager to perform his works themselves, and led to a flourishing publishing activity of the composer's music throughout Europe. The Six Duo Concertantes for two flutes that make up this engaging release are among the fruits of this commercially rewarding enterprise. The interchangeability of the violin and flute had been a common feature of the preceding Baroque period, and Haydn was one of many Classical composers to continue this tradition, writing several chamber works in which the latter instrument features alongside or instead of the violin. In essence he understood the potential of the flute extremely well, in this case adapting his Six Duets Op.99 for two violins, pieces which in turn derive from movements of the composer's string quartets Op.9 and Op.33. The Six Duo Concertantes were published in 1801 in Paris, eight years before Haydn's death, and provide a snapshot of the composer's style in all its wonderful variety. Here they are recorded for the first time by father-daughter duo Gian-Luca and Ginevra Petrucci - acclaimed performers in their own right, who each enjoy busy international schedules that encompass such activities as chamber music concerts, contemporary music collaborations, visiting professorships, musicological research and writing, and regular broadcasts for TV and radio. Ginevra, praised by The Flutist Quarterly for her "beautiful phrasing, brilliant virtuosity and a legato worthy of a great singer", also appears on Brilliant Classics' recording of Kuhlau's Complete Quintets (BC 94769) together with the Kodály Quartet. During Haydn's successful stays in London he recognized the need for high quality chamber music for a variety of instruments, among which the flute, which rapidly gained popularity in bourgeois circles. For this purpose he cleverly arranged his own Duos for two violins Op. 99 for two flutes. These delightful flute duos, full of Haydnesque wit and invention, are here recorded for the first time by father and daughter Petrucci, Gian-Luca and Ginevra, who obviously enjoy their superb music making. Ginevra Petrucci already recorded for Brilliant Classics the Flute Quintets by Kuhlau (BC 94769) to great critical acclaim (5 Star reviews).

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
Gian-Luca Petrucci is one of the foremost flutists of his generation as well as a prolific editor and musicologist. His talented daughter born in 1989 completed her studies in Paris and New Haven, CT and now holds teaching appointments in Rome and Tokyo. Her recording of quintets for flute and strings by Friedrich Kuhlau, also on Brilliant, was one of the best releases I heard last year.

The Haydn these two play comes from the string quartets of Opp. 9 and 33. Assorted movements were arranged first as duets for violin, then published for flutes in 1801. Their rich, singing sounds match well and are captured realistically.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Gulliver Master Studio, Rome, Italy (11/2011).


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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Duo concertantes (6), for 2 flutes (arranged from string quartet movements)
  • Performers: Gian-Luca Petrucci (Flute); Ginevra Petrucci (Flute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical