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Todd Gorman
American Record Guide, March 2020

The cynosure of the program is South African flutist Cobus du Toit, now flute professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, principal flutist of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and an artist for the William Haynes Company, flute maker of Boston. He has a pure sound and plays fantastically well. These performances seem well thought out and would be difficult to surpass. His collaborators bring the same exemplary level of professionalism. © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Records International, November 2019

Casterede’s musical roots are in the early twentieth-century traditions of neo-Classicism and Les Six—the wide variety of scope and intent in his work was never meant to compete with the radical avant-garde. The balletic Flûtes en vacances has become one of his most popular pieces, while Ciels was a competition piece for the Conservatoire. The colors in the moments musicaux depict paintings in sound while the Sonatine is more neo-Classical in mood. © 2019 Records International



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2019

Jacques Casterede was the 1953 winner of the prestigious Prix de Rome, an award so coveted that French composers, destined for fame, have all entered their works.

If he was prolific in his scores for every genre, he was never to reach the exalted ranks among post-War composers. That was, in no little measure, due to his absorption of every influence that came into his life, leaving him decidedly short of a personal musical voice, though he was never short of premiere performances of his massive portfolio of scores. Achieving a presence on today’s international stage resides in a composer’s ability to have their work recorded, and for Casterede this new release is a rarity. It has largely come about by the ‘discovery’ of his music—Casterede’s life ending in 2014 aged eighty-eight—by the South African-born flautist, Cobus du Toit. Now resident in the United States he set himself the project of recording Casterede’s ‘Complete Works for Flute’—of which this is the first release. Gathering around him a first-class team of performers who play a wide-spectrum of chamber music, the Sonatine d’Avril for flute and guitar, sets the scene for works Casterede created by bringing together relatively short movements or musical pictures. Excellent sound quality and much more to come. © 2019 David’s Review Corner





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