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"Saverio Mercadante’s Concerto for Two Flutes in D major was a great discovery for me. Musically, it is on the same level as the well-known Flute Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 57 and deserves to be performed more often now that we have this great new edition.

When I began to practise the concerto I was taken by the fantastic material, beautiful phrases and brilliant virtuosity of the first flute part, but was disappointed by the role of the second flute. It felt as though the concerto was either unfinished or had never been played.

I imagined what the second flute part of the Mercadante concerto could sound like. In my realisation I felt it was important to respect the roles of both flutes, providing plenty of opportunity for them to display their virtuosity and musicality, and I hope this is something I have achieved."

Patrick Gallois

MERCADANTE, S.: Flute Concertos, Vol. 2 - Nos. 5 and 6 / 20 Capricci
Saverio MERCADANTE (1795–1870)
Concerto for Two Flutes *
Flute Concerto No. 6 • 20 Capricci

Patrick Gallois and Kazunori Seo*, Flute
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice

Although operas make up the most substantial part of Mercadante’s catalogue, his technically challenging flute concertos are notable examples of 19th-century Italian instrumental music, effectively closing the Classical period for this instrument. Built on the agile writing and bel canto style that characterised the Neapolitan school, the Concerto in D major is unique in Mercadante’s catalogue in being for two flutes. The great mutual respect between Mercadante and Rossini is brought vividly to life in the theme used for the masterly Tema con variazioni. The Capricci can be compared with those for violin by Paganini, and the joyous Sixth Concerto makes varied and eloquent use of the orchestra. Volume 1 of this collection can be heard on Naxos 8.572731.

Listen to an extract from the Concerto for 2 Flutes in D major:
III. Polacca: Allegro brillante

Flute Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 4

Gallois • Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä
“…if you’re a flute fancier, you are guaranteed to find Mercadante’s concertos scintillating entertainment, and Gallois’ 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.”
Flute Concerto No. 13
Symphonies concertantes Nos. 3 and 6

Gallois • Flemström
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
June 2018 release
“Shining a spotlight on a little-known composer for the flute, Patrick Gallois’ enlightening new recording of works by Francois Devienne proves that there are discoveries left to be made in the flute repertoire. It’s at once spirited, illuminating and thoroughly enjoyable.”
Classics FM
About the Artists
Patrick Gallois © Tina Osara
Patrick Gallois belongs to the generation of French musicians leading highly successful international careers as both soloist and conductor. From the age of 17 he studied the flute with Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Paris Conservatoire and at the age of 21 was appointed principal flute of the Orchestre National de France under Lorin Maazel. He held this post until 1984, when he decided to focus on his solo career, which has subsequently taken him throughout the world.
Kazunori Seo © Koji Aoki
Prizewinner of international competitions, notably the Carl Nielsen and Jean-Pierre Rampal in 1998, the Geneva in 2001 and the Pro Musicis International Award in Paris in 2005, Japanese flautist Kazunori Seo has won attention as one of the world’s outstanding flautists through numerous appearances as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice © Frantisek Renza
Founded in 1969, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice is one of the Czech Republic’s leading orchestras. It frequently performs at the Czech Republic’s most important festivals and at many major venues throughout Europe. The orchestra has also performed in Japan and has toured extensively around America.
More recommended recordings featuring Patrick Gallois
Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Concerto for Flute and Harp

Gallois • Pierre
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
“I have no hesitation in declaring this to be the finest recording of Mozart’s flute concertos currently available ... It has everything: a first rate soloist, a marvelous orchestra obviously mindful of period practice but playing modern instruments, an intelligently added harpsichord continuo (especially wonderful as a foil to the timbre of the harp), and boundless enthusiasm from all concerned. It’s captured by Naxos in excellently balanced, warm, pellucidly clear sound.”
Harp Concerto • Flute Concerto

Pierre • Gallois
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
“Reinecke's Flute Concerto, from 1908, [is] extremely popular among flutists and [is] now considered standard repertoire in any conservatory in the world. For those who cannot bear to play the Mozart concertos once again, yet consider that Takemitsu is too off-putting, for those who wish Brahms had written a flute concerto (don't we all?), Reinecke offers a very good alternative.”
Flute Concertos Nos. 5-8

Gallois • Swedish Chamber Orchestra
“Patrick Gallois ... does tongue-twisting display with formidable clarity. As both soloist and director, he benefits from the clear, vibrato-light playing of the (modern-instrument) Swedish Chamber Orchestra.”
Symphonies in B flat and G
Flute Concerto in C

Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä • Gallois
“…well crafted and bounces right
along—tuneful, too … The performances by the Finnish orchestra…under their French conductor-soloist are first-rate: lively, concentrated, polished, and direct.
Gallois doesn’t try to turn Pleyel into Mozart, and that works just fine.”
American Record Guide

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