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Todd Gorman
American Record Guide, July 2019

Boulègue has enough command of this difficult writing to make it say just what she wants, expressing a huge range. At the piano, Francois Dumont has mastered his difficult parts and seamlessly integrates them with our soloist. The sound is vivid and authentic. Take this opportunity to hear more than one or two pieces by Jolivet and you discover the powerful aesthetic visions of this anti-dogmatic friend of Varese. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




BBC Music Magazine, April 2019

The start of a promising and valuable journey. The Sonata is especially haunting. © 2019 BBC Music Magazine




Guy Engels
Pizzicato, March 2019

Each of Jolivet’s work played on this CD shows how much flutist Hélène Boulegue loves this repertoire and how much she is a total ease in it. So, the listener experiences intense and exciting performances. Highly recommendable. © 2019 Pizzicato



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2019

Listen to many of Andre Jolivet’s orchestral works and you will find beauty in his flute writing, and he also added twenty solo works to the instrument’s repertoire. His parents were deeply interested in the arts, but resisted ideas of his becoming a professional musician, and he was already in his late twenties when the world recognised him as a major composer. From therein he became prolific in every genre, including a number of concertos, the one for flute becoming part of his most popular scores. That said, his total works for the instruments will probably fit on three discs, this being the first volume. Stylistically his parentage was in Debussy, a fact that becomes clear as he recalls his musical ancestor in the five pieces that form Asceses. Completed in 1967, and scored for solo alto flute, it brought to a conclusion his scores for the flute that had begun in the Cinq Incantations. The Flute Sonata—for flute and piano—was, however much in the mode of Messiaen, and is an ideal way to enter Jolivet’s musical world. Equally enjoyable the Chant de Linos is a challenging score for both the flute and piano, the disc completed by three short ‘lollipops’. Adding to our knowledge of Jolivet, the disc is makes a debut for a hugely gifted young French flautist, Helene Boulegue, recently appointed principal of the German SWR Symphonieorchester. She is accompanied with much sensitivity by the much travelled French pianist, Francois Dumont. © 2019 David’s Review Corner



Records International, February 2019

In his absorption of influences, from jazz to Middle Eastern music, Jolivet established a new tone for the flute, the oriental infusions of which can be heard in the Incantations of 1937. Chant de Linos, his most popular flute piece, offers a mythic panorama full of lamentation and dance, while the rhythmically complex sonata (1958) and the lyric elements in Ascèses (“Ascetic Practices” from 1967) affirm his musical convictions. © 2019 Records International





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