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The Musical Clock & other Timeless Masterpieces / Suzanne Shulman, flute; Valerie Tryon, piano

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : 5 Pieces from 'The Musical Clock'
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for String Quartet in D major, K 136 (125a)
>Bonis, Melanie : Sonata for flute & piano
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Flute and Piano
>Somers, Harry : Etching - The Vollard Suite, for flute
>Barnes, Milton : Music for Solo Flute
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Notes & Reviews:

The Haydn pieces are chosen from collection of twelve to combine as a charming program opener. Haydn was able to capture the precision of a mechanical device with the human components of elegance and humor.

Mozart's Sonata in Bb Major, originally for piano and violin, lies rather low in the register when played on flute. Playing in the original key allows the flute to imagine and enjoy all the richly burnished colors of the lower violin register.

The personal life of French composer Melanie Bonis contains elements of a tragic novel: a brilliant talent, a marriage arranged against her will, forbidden love, an illegitimate child and in her later years a significant emotional depression. In the beautiful Sonata for flute and piano, composed in 1904, we can hear the influence of her teacher Cesar Franck. This music is infused with a palpable longing with moments of joy and playfulness.

The Poulenc Sonata was composed for Jean-Pierre Rampal who gave its first performance with the composer at the piano. When Suzanne Shulman played this beloved music for Rampal he said that the first movement, Allegro malinconico, is like a sad bird. As for the Presto giocoso, it should sound like "Paris in a traffic jam!"

In 1964 Harry Somers was asked to write the music for a television film about the life and works of the painter Pablo Picasso. The suite of orchestral pieces includes a movement for solo flute that evokes the sensuality of the Vollard Etchings of the 1930s. "Etching" has many similarities to Debussy's iconic "Syrinx", in its haunting mood.

Milton Barnes was a Canadian composer, conductor and jazz drummer. His style is a fusion of jazz, classical, and pop music. In this solo flute piece he alternates between contemplative material and the exuberant outbursts of the jazz drummer!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Port Nelson United Church, Burlington ON, Canada (2015-10-25&2015-10-31&2015-).



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : 5 Pieces from 'The Musical Clock' :: III. Allegro vivace
  • Performers: Suzanne Shulman (Flute); Valerie Tryon (Piano)
  • Notes: Port Nelson United Church, Burlington ON, Canada (2015-10-25&2015-10-31&2015-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1792

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : 5 Pieces from 'The Musical Clock' :: VIII. Andante
  • Performers: Suzanne Shulman (Flute); Valerie Tryon (Piano)
  • Notes: Port Nelson United Church, Burlington ON, Canada (2015-10-25&2015-10-31&2015-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1792

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : 5 Pieces from 'The Musical Clock' :: VI. Fuga
  • Performers: Suzanne Shulman (Flute); Valerie Tryon (Piano)
  • Notes: Port Nelson United Church, Burlington ON, Canada (2015-10-25&2015-10-31&2015-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1792

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : 5 Pieces from 'The Musical Clock' :: VII. Marche
  • Performers: Suzanne Shulman (Flute); Valerie Tryon (Piano)
  • Notes: Port Nelson United Church, Burlington ON, Canada (2015-10-25&2015-10-31&2015-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1792

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : 5 Pieces from 'The Musical Clock' :: XII. Presto
  • Performers: Suzanne Shulman (Flute); Valerie Tryon (Piano)
  • Notes: Port Nelson United Church, Burlington ON, Canada (2015-10-25&2015-10-31&2015-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1792

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for String Quartet in D major, K 136 (125a)
  • Performers: Suzanne Shulman (Flute); Valerie Tryon (Piano)
  • Notes: Port Nelson United Church, Burlington ON, Canada (2015-10-25&2015-10-31&2015-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779

>Bonis, Melanie : Sonata for flute & piano
  • Performers: Suzanne Shulman (Flute); Valerie Tryon (Piano)
  • Notes: Port Nelson United Church, Burlington ON, Canada (2015-10-25&2015-10-31&2015-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Flute and Piano
  • Performers: Suzanne Shulman (Flute); Valerie Tryon (Piano)
  • Notes: Port Nelson United Church, Burlington ON, Canada (2015-10-25&2015-10-31&2015-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956-1957

>Somers, Harry : Etching - The Vollard Suite, for flute
  • Performers: Suzanne Shulman (Flute); Valerie Tryon (Piano)
  • Notes: Port Nelson United Church, Burlington ON, Canada (2015-10-25&2015-10-31&2015-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Barnes, Milton : Music for Solo Flute
  • Performer: Suzanne Shulman (Flute)
  • Notes: Port Nelson United Church, Burlington ON, Canada (2015-10-25&2015-10-31&2015-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970s