The Japanese flautist Kazunori Seo has earned a reputation as one of the world’s outstanding flautists through numerous appearances as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. A prizewinner at several international competitions (notably the Carl Nielsen and Jean-Pierre Rampal in 1998, and the Geneva in 2001), he went on to win the Pro Musicis International Award in Paris in 2005. This month sees the release of Kazunori Seo's fifth album for Naxos, featuring music by the early 19th-century Austrian composer, Carl Czerny.
Kazunori Seo is regularly accompanied by the Japanese pianist Makoto Ueno. An international recitalist and concerto soloist, Makoto Ueno is equally at home performing on modern concert grands as on historical instruments, often performing and recording on Viennese and British fortepianos dating from 1810 to the 1820s.
Virtuoso pianist Carl Czerny was a pupil and friend of Beethoven in Vienna. His prodigious output as a composer included numerous sets of variations on operatic themes, both with orchestra [Naxos 8.573254] and, as with the Trois Rondeaux, Op. 347 on themes by Rossini and Bellini, in the form of entertaining chamber music. With its cadenza and technical flourishes the Introduction, Variations and Finale, Op. 80 is composed in true concerto style, while the elegance and refined artistry of the Rondoletto and Duo concertant are both characteristic of a Classical master whose works have only recently started to gain wider recognition.
Listen to an extract from Duo Concertant in G Major, Op. 129: II. Scherzo
The full scores, study scores and orchestral parts for all the flute concertos included on these two discs are available from Artaria Editions.
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