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  French Delights - Bezaly, Derwinger, Hendricks
  "French Delights"

Sharon Bezaly (flute)
Love Derwinger (piano)
Barbara Hendricks
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Review by JJ February 14, 2008 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Pierre Sancan, Charles-Marie Widor, Albert Roussel, Darius Milhaud and Benjamin Godard are the guests at this Frenchmen’s table, conconcted by the most unpredictable flutist of the moment, Sharon Bezaly. With an obvious desire to stray from the beaten path, she invites us here to feast her preferred instrument at the heart of the 19th century in France. As Jean-Pascal Vachon reminds us: “Although abundantly used in France for several centuries, by the middle of the 19th the flute had become the preferred instrument to express virtuosity.” Composer Pierre Sancan, born in 1916, opens the program of this remarkable recording with his “Sonatine.” It is then Charles-Marie Widor’s (1844-1937) turn and his “Suite for Flute and Piano Op. 34.” Next comes Albert Roussel (1869-1937) with “Flute Players Op. 27” and “Two Poems by Ronsard Op. 26” that Barbara Hendricks accompanies with warmth. Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) follows with a “Sonatine” too dating from 1922. For the last course of this gourmet getaway, Benjamin Godard (1849-1895) delights us with his “Three-Piece Suite Op. 116.” Accompanied by the delicate and eloquent piano of Love Derwinger, Sharon Bezaly, once again and for our great pleasure, brings her exceptional talent and unique virtuosity to these bygone pages that have the unexpected freshness of moments of grace. An essential disc for any collection worthy of its name.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Works: 6  

Darius Milhaud - Sonatine
Darius Milhaud - Suite de 3 morceaux, Op. 116
Albert Roussel - 2 Poèmes de Ronsard, Op. 26
Albert Roussel - Joueurs de Flute, Op. 27
Pierre Sancan - Sonatine
Charles-Marie Widor - Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 34