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Paul Taffanel (1844-1908): Fantaisies / Olga Leonkiewicz, flute; Kinga Firlej-Kubica, piano

Album Summary

>Taffanel, Paul : Fantaisie on Mignon
>Taffanel, Paul : Fantasy on 'Der Freischütz (after von Weber), for flute & orchestra
>Taffanel, Paul : Fantaisie sur Les Indes Galantes, for flute & piano (after J.P. Rameau)
>Taffanel, Paul : Fantaisie sur Jean de Nivelle, for flute & piano (after Léo Delibes)
>Taffanel, Paul : Fantaisie sur Françoise de Rimini, for flute & piano (after Ambroise Thomas)
>Taffanel, Paul : Paul Taffanel -Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino
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Notes & Reviews:

French flute player and conductor Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) was an extraordinary virtuoso and a major figure in fin-de-sicle Parisian musical life. As the flute professor at Paris Conservatory (among his most famous students were Philippe Gaubert and Marcel Moyse) and one of the authors of the Mthode de flte, he ushered flute-playing into the modern age. His five opera fantasies were written between 1874 and 1884. This kind of composition was hugely popular in the nineteenth century, mainly because it allowed the performer to display his or her virtuoso skills. Whereas the average flautist-composer merely wanted to demonstrate his abilities, enriching someone else's original themes with acrobatic variations, Taffanel delved deep into the music of the original, frequently adding his own ideas which blended perfectly with the overall atmosphere of the work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Academy of Music in Krakow (05/2015).



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>Taffanel, Paul : Fantaisie on Mignon
  • Performers: Kinga Firlej-Kubica (Piano); Olga Leonkiewicz (Flute)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Taffanel, Paul : Fantasy on 'Der Freischütz (after von Weber), for flute & orchestra
  • Performers: Kinga Firlej-Kubica (Piano); Olga Leonkiewicz (Flute)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Taffanel, Paul : Fantaisie sur Les Indes Galantes, for flute & piano (after J.P. Rameau)
  • Performers: Kinga Firlej-Kubica (Piano); Olga Leonkiewicz (Flute)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Taffanel, Paul : Fantaisie sur Jean de Nivelle, for flute & piano (after Léo Delibes)
  • Performers: Kinga Firlej-Kubica (Piano); Olga Leonkiewicz (Flute)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Taffanel, Paul : Fantaisie sur Françoise de Rimini, for flute & piano (after Ambroise Thomas)
  • Performers: Kinga Firlej-Kubica (Piano); Olga Leonkiewicz (Flute)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Taffanel, Paul : Paul Taffanel -Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino
  • Performers: Kinga Firlej-Kubica (Piano); Olga Leonkiewicz (Flute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907