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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2014

…if you’re a flute fancier, you are guaranteed to find Mercadante’s concertos scintillating entertainment, and Gallois’s performance of them will take your breath away. It’s a miracle they don’t take his breath away, as he twirls and twizzles his way through a seemingly endless triathlon of rapid runs, arpeggios, and register leaps without ever once missing a beat or showing the least sign of strain. This is flute playing on an epic scale, and it’s matched in kind by the 38-member-strong Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, amazingly well-led by Gallois as he’s playing.

Truth be told, the flute is not high on my list of favorite instruments, but if even I can appreciate the works on this disc and marvel at the execution, think how much you’ll love it if you actually like the flute. A two-thumbs-up recommendation. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Lucy Jeffery
MusicWeb International, March 2014

Throughout, the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä’s full sound can be fully appreciated: never too boisterous yet never too timid. The sound is finely balanced and is supple enough to allow the flute solos to blend and dip into the orchestral backdrop. With a strong string and wind section and Gallois at the helm, this would be a most welcome addition to a flute enthusiast’s collection. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone, March 2014

The soloist is the brilliant Patrick Gallois…conducting the orchestra while simultaneously negotiating hair-raising difficulties with seemingly nonchalant ease…the Sinfonia…provide rhythmic verve and crisp support for Gallois. The famous Rondò russo finale from No 2…is an irresistible earworm…the solo parts…are dazzling in their dexterity and guaranteed to put a spring in your step. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Allan Pulker
The WholeNote, February 2014

As for Patrick Gallois, you could almost think it was his teacher, Rampal, playing. You hear the same effortless articulation and movement between registers, the same absence of mannerisms and the same purity of sound. The performance by Gallois’ collaborators, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, is precise and sensitive to every nuance of the soloist. These are engaging and beautifully produced performances of a significant byway of the flute repertoire. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review



Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, January 2014

Patrick Gallois gets a chance to show off his virtuoso skill in these nice little concerti, favorites of his own teacher Jean-Pierre Rampal whose recordings of the second concerto were my own introduction to the second concerto. His virtuosity is simply breathtaking to hear in these performances. The Finnish orchestra has a good chamber orchestra sound with strong wind playing and good full sound from the string section. © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2013

With Rossini opting for a life in France, Saverio Mercadante became the leading and most highly productive Italian opera composer in the years leading up to Verdi. He seemed to have a particular interest in the flute, an instrument that features in many of these genres, and included six concertos, the first completed when he was eighteen years old…though even in this student work we hear a good craftsman at work, the score fashioned in the traditional three-movement format, the soloist, Patrick Gallois, enlarging the brief central Largo with a cadenza in the mood of the composer. The Second came the following year, and in that brief period of time he had learned the craft of writing in virtuoso terms for the instrument, the score becoming a showpiece for the agility of the soloist, with the orchestra just punctuating the brilliant solo part in the outer movements. Gallois’s playing is superb throughout…stunning for those who enjoy incredible feats of dexterity. © 2013 David’s Review Corner






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