A Salon Opera by Flauguissimo Duo

A Salon Opera by Flauguissimo Duo
Yu-Wei Hu (flute) & Johan Löfving (guitar)
Resonus Classics 2019
Flauguissimo Duo Website

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“Taking its inspiration from the Viennese salon music from the first half of the nineteenth century, when the music of the concert hall and opera was routinely brought into a more domestic setting, the Duo takes us on a journey through the rich repertoire both composed and arranged for the flute and guitar.”

Flauguissimo Duo with Yu-Wei Hu (flute) & Johan Löfving (guitar) perform a debut album of period flute and guitar ensembles as well as arrangements and guitar solos.  I’ve really enjoyed the recent videos by Johan Löfving which are filled with a fresh musicality that mixes elegant playing with contrasting extroverted risk. One of the things I particularly appreciate on this album is Löfving’s ability to complement the beautiful musical lines of flutist Yu-Wei Hu. The guitar is heard when needed but often provides a harmonic and rhythmic foundation and nicely stays in the role of accompanist. There are times where the guitar has its musical say, but overall I enjoyed the balance of the ensemble which sounded natural and more as it would in a concert hall. A truly musical listening experience that also provides a few virtuosic guitar solos with top notch playing. You can read the album liner notes for a significant historic overview of the repertoire.

A Salon Opera by Flauguissimo Duo offers listeners a sublime musical experience while highlighting some beautiful nineteenth century works for flute and guitar. The addition of excellent arrangements and virtuosic period guitar solos creates a very enjoyable salon programme of interest to musicians and general listeners alike. – Bradford Werner (thisisclassicalguitar.com)

Performance Instruments

  • Original French Tribout guitar, 1850, anonymous, restored by James Westbrook
  • Eight-keyed flute by Martin Wenner, 2011, aer August Grenser, c. 1790

Tracks

  • Pagannini: Cantabile in D major, MS 109, Op. 17
  • Schubert: Frühlingstraum, D.911, Op. 89 No. 11
  • Schubert: An die Nachtigall, D.497, Op. 98 No. 1
  • Schubert: Heidenröslein, D.257, Op. 3 No. 3
  • Molino: Notturno II: I. Andante cantabile
  • Molino: Notturno II: II. Rondo 2:59
  • Sor: Introduction and Variations on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 9
  • Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  • Mertz: Tarantelle, Op. 13 No. 6
  • Giuliani: Grande Serenade, Op. 82: I. Theme & Variations
  • Giuliani: Grande Serenade, Op. 82: II. Menuetto & Trio
  • Giuliani: Grande Serenade, Op. 82: III. Marcia
  • Giuliani: Grande Serenade, Op. 82: IV. Allegro brillante
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