With the support of the composers Franck, Massenet, Fauré, Duparc and Saint-Saëns, the Société Nationale de Musique was set up in February 1871 to promote its distinctive symphonic and chamber music concerts. This disc presents a selection of music that featured in these concerts, many of which were premiered by France’ s leading flautist at the time, Paul Taffanel.
Thanks to Taffanel, a tradition of commissioning works especially for these concours began to emerge. At first the commissions were just for the flute competition but very soon, under Taffanel’s influence,
new works began to be commissioned for all the wind and brass instruments.
Here Kathryn Thomas (featured by the Times as a ‘Great British Hope’,) is joined by Richard Shaw (piano) and guests, Richard Bayliss (horn) and Lawrence Power (viola).
1) Saint-Saëns: Romance Op. 37
2) Saint-Saëns: Airs de ballet d’Ascanio
3) Fauré: Fantaisie Op.79
4) Fauré: Morceau de lecture
5) Fauré: Vocalise–Étude
6) Fauré: Interlude from Pelléas et Mélisande
Koechlin: Deux Nocturnes Op.32 bis
8) Dans la forêt
9) Schmitt: Scherzo – Pastorale
10) Ravel: Pièce en forme de habanera
11) Enesco: Cantabile et presto
12) Casella: Sicilienne et burlesque
13) Boulanger: Nocturne
14) Duruflé: Prélude, récitatif et variations