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French Album, Vol. II: Homage to Pedagogy - music by Camus; Dubois, Bitsch, Taffanel, Gaubert, Castérede, Damase / Richard Sherman, flute; Ralph Votapek, piano

Audio Samples

>Camus, Pierre : Chanson et Badinerie, for flute & piano
>Dubois, Pierre Max : Sonata, for flute & piano
>Bitsch, Marcel : Trois Sonatines, for flute & piano
>Taffanel, Paul : Sicilienne Etude for flute & piano, Op 07
>Gaubert, Philippe : Madrigal, for flute & piano
>Castérède, Jacques : Sonate en Forme de Suite, for flute & piano
>Damase, Jean-Michel : Sonate for piano

Album Summary

>Camus, Pierre : Chanson et Badinerie, for flute & piano
>Dubois, Pierre Max : Sonata, for flute & piano
>Bitsch, Marcel : Trois Sonatines, for flute & piano
>Taffanel, Paul : Sicilienne Etude for flute & piano, Op 07
>Gaubert, Philippe : Madrigal, for flute & piano
>Castérède, Jacques : Sonate en Forme de Suite, for flute & piano
>Damase, Jean-Michel : Sonate for piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Flutist Richard Sherman follows up his highly acclaimed "French Album" CD ("I cannot imagine any of this music being more beautifully and lovingly played than it is here" - Fanfare Magazine) with "French Album II. Homage to Pedagogy," CD that includes music by Camus, Dubois, Bitsch, Taffanel, Gaubert, Castérède and Damase. In this album one enters into a listening world that is both richly French and brilliantly flutistic. Thanks to Claude-Paul Taffanel (1844- 1910) and his legacy, we have catalogues full of music and etudes or studies that showcase countless technical challenges for the instrument. Only a portion of the group of composers featured in this album were flutists, so the fact that they took time and energy to write flute studies speaks to the Paris Conservatoire's early twentieth century tradition of elevating the flute to an instrument of solo status. The works represented in French Album II: Homage to Pedagogy, ensure that the flute's distinctive voice transcends glib virtuosic execution. Technical requirements for each piece resonate with the full range of the composers' myriad of emotions.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The program consists of sonatas by Pierre Max Dubois, Damase, and Casterede and short pieces by Camus, Bitsch, Taffanel, and Gaubert. All of it is well worth hearing. The sound and the balance are superb.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (05/2010).



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Works Details

>Camus, Pierre : Chanson et Badinerie, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Richard Sherman (Flute); Ralph Votapek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1913

>Dubois, Pierre Max : Sonata, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Richard Sherman (Flute); Ralph Votapek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bitsch, Marcel : Trois Sonatines, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Ralph Votapek (Piano); Richard Sherman (Flute)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Taffanel, Paul : Sicilienne Etude for flute & piano, Op 07
  • Performers: Richard Sherman (Flute); Ralph Votapek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gaubert, Philippe : Madrigal, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Richard Sherman (Flute); Ralph Votapek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Jacques Castérède (1926 - 2014) : Sonate en Forme de Suite, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Richard Sherman (Flute); Ralph Votapek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Damase, Jean-Michel : Sonate for piano
  • Performers: Richard Sherman (Flute); Ralph Votapek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953