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bach, Gluck, mozart: Music For Flute & Orchestra

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bach, Gluck, mozart: Music For Flute & Orchestra
bach, Gluck, mozart: Music For Flute & Orchestra


All three works on this CD feature the flute, and all feature Pierre Monteux collaborating with is son, Claude. Bach composed some music for the recorder, but it is outnumbered by his works for transverse flute, which he called the traversiere. In his Orchestral Suite No. 2, Bach gave the traversiere a starring role. Although one of his greatest operas features that same instrument, Mozart made no secret of his dislike for the flute. Nevertheless, he composed two flute concertos and three flute quartets. When he Mozart set out to compose the second flute concerto, he perpetrated an act of wholesale self-borrowing: it was a reworking of the Oboe Concerto that he had composed less than a year earlier. When Christoph Willibald Gluck premiered his opera Orfeo ed Euridice in 1762, he was not the first composer to set the legend to music, nor was he the last. When the opera was revived in Paris in 1774, Gluck made several additions to the score, including the 'Dance of the Blessed Spirits' in the second scene of Act II. In this scene, Orpheus has made his way to the Elysian Fields, and this peaceful music, which includes an unforgettably lovely flute solo, depicts the blissful surroundings and the untroubled existence of the souls who dwell there. Pierre Monteux often bemoaned the fact that he was associated with the French and Russian repertoires, to the exclusion of music from outside of those traditions. He could hardly help it; after all, it was Monteux who conducted the first and famously chaotic performance of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps in 1913. Nevertheless, his recorded repertoire was broad, although it seldom reached as far into the past as Bach. The recordings presented here were the only studio collaboration between father and son.


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  2. Johann Sebastian Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 2 In B Minor, BWV 1067
  3. Christoph Willibald Gluck - Dance Of The Blessed Spirits (from Orfeo Ed Euridice)
  4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Flute Concerto No. 2 In D Major, KV 314
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