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German Flute Music

Gieseking: Sonatine for flute & piano
Genzmer: Sonata No. 2 for flute and piano in E minor
Henze: Sonatina for flute and piano
Hindemith: Sonata for Flute & Piano
Karg-Elert: Sinfonische Kanzone Op. 114 for flute & piano

Jeffrey Khaner (flute) Charles Abramovic (piano)

Avie - AV2076

These composers mostly circled around Hindemith. Most musicians compose a bit, some of them extensively, the results little or un-known.

Here one learns a great deal about about the famous Walter Gieseking through his daughter's rounded portrait of a man of many parts, including the dedicated lepidopterist who never pracised piano and once jumped up from the piano during an outdoor recital to capture a 'particularly interesting moth' ! His sonatina is fresh and charming, as is too Genzmer's which is a little more individual. Both of them should be known to flute students and recitalists.

The 20 yr old Henze's youthful effort earned him a lifelong publishing association with Schott's. Hindemith's own is typical of his functional "gebrauchmusik", with sonatas supplied for every imanginable instrument.

A pleasing disc, well played and recorded, but no excuse for the flutist's name being given six times larger than his partner's !

Peter Grahame Woolf