In The Age Of Ravel

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.



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Review "Here is an attractive collection of French music written or transcribed for flute and composed between 1879 and 1934. With three of the not over long pieces originally written for violin and only three originally for flute, either solo or with piano, the remaining two items, by Ravel and Pierné, were transcribed for flute and piano. Nevertheless, we are transported to a period when much music was being written for the instrument and this collection of 8 pieces mks satisfying listening. One piece, Joueurs de flute, is in four sections, each one dedicated to present or past French masters of the instrument and expressed as solo items. The inclusion of music by Roussel and Pierné assists in the object of including minor French composers with their better known compatriots and flautist Ransom Wilson and pianist François Dumont make the whole disc a delight to listen to. In a December 2015 excellent recording there is nothing to cause a bad word to be written of this enterprise!"- Arthur Francis
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