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BY THE RIVER IN SPRING
KENNETH SMITH (flute) and PAUL RHODES (piano)

The CD takes its title from the well loved piece by Michael Head. This recital of British music for flute and piano is mainly romantic in mood, but not sentimental, given the robust nature of the sonatas by Alwyn and Leighton (both rarities despite the stature of their composers). A splendid third divine art CD for Smith and Rhodes which includes a number of little gems recorded for the first time.

See also "Enchantment" dda25054 and "To Pan and Syrinx" dda25066
and "The Legacy of Paul Taffanel" dda21371

CD DURATION:  77:32

AUDIO SAMPLE: Intermezzo (Edward German) - beginning





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tracks:
Hamilton Harty: In Ireland
Edward German: Intermezzo
Michael Head: By the River in Spring
William Alwyn: Flute Sonata
Havelock Nelson: Erie Cherie
Havelock Nelson: In Venezuela
Thomas Dunhill: Valse Fantasia
Kenneth Leighton: Flute Sonata
Stanford Robinson: The Moonmaiden's dance
Edward German: Suite for Flute

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“[This CD] is full of good tunes and fine playing, and exemplifies the best in light music, even if two of the works are titled Sonata. The whole disc is a delight and I cannot imagine anyone willingly being without it. - Philip Scowcroft (Light Music Society)
"This is an engaging CD that is both well-planned and beautifully played. The two soloists have contrived an important and interesting programme of British flute and piano music that ought to be in the repertory. The programme notes are helpful and the sound quality is excellent” – John France (MusicWeb)
“An engaging set of romantic music...you can hear the English countryside pouring out of the playing” – Chris Spector (MidWest Record)
“A colourful evocation of Britishness... a recording of considerable interest and sincerity. Kenneth Smith is capable of wonderfully nuanced tone-colours. He is sympathetically partnered by Paul Rhodes at the piano. Playing of flawless deportment.” – Mark Tanner (International Record Review)
“An evocative performance of Harty's In Ireland... Smith and Rhodes successfully paint a lovely picture of the title subject {By the River in Spring]. Good performances of charming works” – Em Marshall (Albion Magazine)