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Khachaturian & Rautavaara: Flute Concertos

By Dima Slobodeniouk

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By Dima Slobodeniouk, Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, and Sharon Bezaly. By Aram Ilyich Khachaturian (1903-1978), Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-), and Jean-Pierre Rampal (1922-2000). Super audio listening CD. Published by Naxos (NX.BIS-1849).

Item Number: NX.BIS-1849

Flutist Sharon Bezaly has dazzled listeners and critics all over the globe, even being called "God's gift to the flute." With almost 40 releases to her name, her wide-ranging discography includes both standard repertoire and selections written specifically for her. This release is owed to two fellow world-class flutists, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Gunilla von Bahr. Rampal was the flutist who arranged Aram Khachaturian's virtuosic violin concerto for the flute, at the suggestion of the composer. "Dances with the Winds," Einojuhani Rautavaara's 1974 composition, is dedicated to Gunilla von Bahr. Rautavaara's "Dances with the Winds," is an interesting addition, as the first and last movements are scored for bass flute, while the second movement is written for piccolo, and the third for alto flute. In a later revision, the composer replaced the bass flute with the alto. Bezaly includes both versions on this recording.

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