Magazine article Gramophone

'French Flute Concertos'

Magazine article Gramophone

'French Flute Concertos'

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'French Flute Concertos'

Blavet Flute Concerto in A minor Boismortier Flute Concerto, Op 21 No 3--Affettuoso Buffardin Flute Concerto in E minor Corrette Flute Concerto, Op 4 No 4--Adagio Leclair Flute Concerto, Op 7 No 3 Naudot Flute Concerto, Op 17 No 5

Les Buffardins / Frank Theuns fl/picc

Accent (F) ACC24297 (60' * DDD)

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They are precise and very accomplished. We cannot ask for better technique from Les Buffardins. But a group of only two violins plus one each of viola, cello and double bass has in this recording a loud, thick-textured sound. Harpsichord is dominant, the performances chug. Reduce your usual volume level steeply to achieve transparency, a realistic balance between instruments and a spry buoyancy in rhythm. The change is dramatic, clarifying too the divisions sometimes marked tutti and solo, the latter for the soloist accompanied only by basso continuo which could include keyboard. Small crosses above notes denote a need for trills, or other ornamentation left to a performer's discretion. …

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