Fauré and his pupils

The flute put to the test

Chamber Music
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.


Fri 19 April 2024
Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice


Alexis Kossenko flute
Vassilis Varvaresos piano


Gabriel FAURÉ
Fantaisie pour flûte et piano, op.79

Georges ENESCO
Cantabile et Presto pour flûte et piano :
Cantabile – Presto

Eugène COOLS
Sonate pour flûte et piano, op. 64

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

Andante pour flûte et piano
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