Throughout the season

The flute put to the test

Chamber Music
© Matteo De Fina
During the Belle Époque, the repertoire for accompanied flute was enriched essentially by two means: by the composition of flute sonatas and by the provision of contest pieces (morceaux de concours) for the Paris Conservatoire. The piano sometimes featured so prominently in the former that the work could be regarded as a duo: Charles Koechlin’s Sonate pour piano et flûte is a case in point. The works belonging to the other category, however – illustrated here by Fauré’s Fantaisie (1898) and Enesco’s Cantabile et Presto (1904) – were of course intended to test the flautist’s abilities, so the piano had to remain somewhat in the background, although musicality was an obligatory feature of such pieces.


Sun 3 November 2024
Chiesa di San Silvestro, Viterbe


Alexis Kossenko flute
Vassilis Varvaresos piano


Georges ENESCO
Cantabile et Presto pour flûte et piano

Eugène COOLS
Sonate pour flûte et piano

Les Chants de Nectaire,
Trois cycles de pièces pour flûte seule (extraits)
XXX. Les oiseaux sont ivres XV. Lumière – Modération – Équilibre IX. Gaîté de la lumière

Andante pour flûte et piano

Gabriel FAURÉ
Fantaisie pour flûte et piano

Maurice RAVEL
La Valse (pour piano seul)

Sonate pour flûte et piano, op. 52 :
Adagio molto tranquillo – Allegretto – Final

Sicilienne et Burlesque pour flûte et piano
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