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Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, November 2017

…even at his weakest, Devienne exhibited both a mastery of classical forms and a desire to push their boundaries. Flutist Patrick Gallois is a powerful advocate for these relatively little-known works, and his use of a wooden Boehm-system flute brings an additional dimension of tonal historicity to the otherwise modern-instrument performances. Highly recommended to all libraries. © 2017 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2017

I guess François Devienne would wish to be remembered by his flute concertos rather than the composer of comic operas that had enjoyed so much success. Details of his early life are in short supply, but we do know he was born in France in 1759, and we catch up with him as an orchestral flautist and bassoonist before embarking on years as a highly regarded teacher culminating with the position of professor of flute at the newly established Paris Conservatoire in 1795. Sadly his days came to end in 1803 at the age of forty-three. This third disc in the series completes the twelve concertos that have survived, and which are now available in new performing versions from Artaria Editions. The music is in direct lineage of Mozart, Devienne hiding his lack of memorable thematic material by the use of an abundance of decoration that requires a performer of mercurial qualities, as you will hear in the opening movement of the Tenth concerto. Patrick Gallois’s creamy tone compensates for the briefness of the central movements, and elsewhere he produces playing of amazing virtuosity. He equally conceals Devienne’s functional accompaniments by having the Swedish ensemble highly responsive response to his direction. Very good sound quality, the first two discs being available on 8.573230 and 8.573464. © 2017 David’s Review Corner





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