In The Age Of Debussy



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Ransom Wilson has long been recognized internationally as one of the greatest flutists of his generation. After graduation from the Juilliard School in 1973, he spent a year in Paris as a private student of Jean-Pierre Rampal. As flute soloist, he has appeared in concert with some of the greatest orchestras and artists of our time, including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony, Frederica von Stade, Jessye Norman, Thomas Hampson, Susan Graham, Dolora Zajick, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Hilary Hahn, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Sir James Galway, and many others.

François Dumont is a prize winner of the most prestigious international competitions: the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Brussels), the Chopin Competition (Warsaw), the Cleveland International Competition in the United States and the Clara Haskil Competition in Switzerland. In 2012, he was received the prize of Révélation de la Critique Musicale française. Born in 1985 in Lyon, François Dumont worked with Pascale Imbert, Chrystel Saussac and Hervé Billaut before being admitted at the age of fourteen to the Conservatoire National Superior of Music and Dance of Paris in the class of Bruno Rigutto. With Virginie Constant and Philippe Aïche, he is a member of the Trio Elégiaque.




The phrasing is thoughtful in all these arrangements of early20th-century French works. The recording gives it a live performance feel - something we're all craving anyway.


BBC Music Magazine


This remarkable disc of French music for flute and piano presents original works and arrangements.

Lili Boulanger's interesting work looks forward to the musical style of 'Les Six' but also takes a backward glance towards Debussy… This was her final musical offering. D'un matin de printemps is a fresh and vibrant work. It evokes the springtime in a manner that both Debussy and Francis Poulenc would have approved of.

..The entire score has a timeless effect. I never tire of hearing this music in any version. This arrangement for flute and piano is particularly satisfying…

Flutist Ransom Wilson and pianist François Dumont give splendid performances of all this music. The sound is well balanced. Roger Nichols wrote ideal programme notes, with concise but wholly relevant details of each work. There are the usual biographies of the two soloists. The cover painting, La Rue Saint-Lazare, temps lumineux (1893) by Camille Pissarro sums up the ethos of this disc.

I enjoyed all the music on this innovative CD. The three arrangements are interesting experiments, of interest to aficionados of Fauré's and Debussy's music. I felt that Bilitis for flute was a major addition to the repertoire…

Music Web International – Classical Review

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