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Romantic Flute

Paula Robison Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 7, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Omega Records
  • ASIN: B0000023FT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Carnival Of Venice Variations
2. Suite de trois morceaux, Op. 116: Allegretto
3. Suite de trois morceaux, Op. 116: Idylle
4. Suite de troix morceaux, Op. 116: Valse
5. Variations On 'Nel Cor Piu,' Op. 4: Introduction, Andante
6. Variations On 'Nel Cor Piu,' Op. 4: Variation I, 6-8
7. Variations On 'Nel Cor Piu,' Op. 4: Variation II
8. Variations On 'Nel Cor Piu,' Op. 4: Variation III
9. Variations On 'Nel Cor Piu,' Op. 4: Variation IV, minore
10. Variations On 'Nel Cor Piu,' Op. 4: Variation VI
11. Sonata In D Major, Op. 50: Allegro con brio
12. Sonata In D Major, Op. 50: Andante
13. Sonata In D Major, Op. 50: Rondo (Pastorale)
14. Nocturne
15. Allegro Scherzando

Editorial Reviews

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Even though not all the music on this disc is highly significant, it's still the kind of program you can fall in love with. Some of this music is very difficult to play, but except in the showy Carnival of Venice Variations by Genin (abridged to keep you from getting bored), Paula Robison's concentration is always on the musical values. The best music on the disc is Hummel's Sonata, Op. 50, which sounds like a real masterpiece on this recording. But the pieces by Godard, Boehm, and Gaubert are all charming and gracious. Pianist Samuel Sanders, that prince of accompanists, makes a major contribution here, and the revived sound (from an LP) is fine. --Leslie Gerber

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best September 2, 2002
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Paula is such a consistent player if it be on stage or in the recording studio. Her endless pursuit to find the line in the music comes through in every piece she playes. In the Nel Cor Piu, truly listen to how she yanks every last bit of romantic quality out of the music and provides the listener with facinating interpretaion never heard previously. Paula is always striving to do something new to a piece never thought up before. It's like it was always there but, she is the only one to find it, making this CD a treasure amongst other recordings of these works. The only setback is the sometimes loud breaths Paula takes. It sounds like the throat needs to be opened a tad more, but if that holds you back, perfect techinique, incredible phrasing, dazzling color changes should help you overlook an occasional loud breath.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I beg to differ - it's GREAT! May 2, 2002
Overall, a fabulous disk, with blazing technique making for great fun. Even the album's own comments acknowledge that some of the music has more emphasis on showy technique than on musical values, but the technique delivers, and Paula plays it wonderfully.
[Others] liked the Hummel for musical values, but that is the only track on the disk that I reliably skip - it is just plain boring. Sorry.
[Others are]disappointed in the abridgement of "Carnaval" and rated it down severely because of that. I agree that Carnaval was way too abbreviated and she skipped several of my favorite variations. However, those that she did include were very well done indeed! This ladies double-tonguing should be patented! Quite a sound on the last variation. Basically, I would not rate this disk down so severely because of what it did NOT include. Let's look at what it DID include:
The technical showmanship (show-womanship?) was dazzling and fun; the Bohm "Nel cor piu" was a gorgeous gem of the romantic flute genre (especially variation 1); and the Godard is simply a musical wonder.
... the Godard is the best piece of music here, and actually now one of my favorites in all of the classical literature. It has wit (the Allegretto), beauty (the Idylle), and exhiliation (the Valse). Paula plays the virtuosic Valse with a reckless abandon that leaves me holding my breath, then laughing in amazement.
Get the album - it's a gem!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The flute unleashed! September 20, 2003
The most vividly alive flute-playing you're ever going to hear -- wildly exhilarating, fiercely intelligent, bursting with joy . This isn't dainty playing -- Robison drives purists nuts with her full-bodied, damn-the-torpedoes tone. But even in its quietest, most lyrical moments, this is flute-playing set on fire. Unfortunately there's not a lot of music of consequence here -- but the musicianship will be a revelation to anyone who's never experienced Robison.
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