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French Connections

by Chatterton McCright Duo

Virtuoso flute and piano works!
Genre: Classical: Sonata
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1. Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: I. Allegro agitato
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2. Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: II. Adagio
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3. Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: III. Allegretto moderato
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4. Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: IV. Allegro molto
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5. Sonate pour flute et piano: I. Lento - Allegro moderato
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6. Sonate pour flute et piano: II. Presto
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7. Sonate pour flute et piano: III. Calmato
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8. Sonate pour flute et piano: IV. Allegro
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9. Flute Sonata in D Major, Op. 94: I. Moderato
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10. Flute Sonata in D Major, Op. 94: II. Scherzo
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11. Flute Sonata in D Major, Op. 94: III. Andante
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12. Flute Sonata in D Major, Op. 94: IV. Allegro con brio
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The theme of this debut recording from the Chatterton-McCright Duo emerged from a desire to release an album of substantial works for flute and piano. Sadly, this combination does not (yet) yield the same amount of repertoire as the works for strings and piano or voice and piano, for which virtually every major composer from the 18th century forward has written.

The Duo has performed the Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 94 by Sergei Prokofiev for many years, and it was the first choice to record as it is widely considered to be among the most important works for this instrumental combination. After further research, the Yuko Uebayashi Sonate for Flute and Piano became a natural pairing due to its duration and four-movement scheme that mirrors the Prokofiev work. Both composers share another common relationship: although both are of other nationalities, Paris became a home for them. The Russian Prokofiev lived in Paris in the early 1920s where he collaborated extensively with Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes. Kyoto-born Uebayashi has lived and composed in Paris since 1998.

Historically, Paris has been the epicenter of cultural activity in Europe. Its joie de vivre manner is alluring and has brought scores of artists and bohemians to the city. An idea of connections to France began to take shape, and in search of one final sonata to complete the album, brought a new twist.

For years, violinists have performed the Prokofiev Sonata. (The composer, with the help of violinist David Oistrakh, transcribed the work to create the Op. 94a version.) The idea of borrowing repertoire across the instrumental spectrum is not a new one, as flutists have long borrowed works such as the violin sonatas of César Franck and Gabriel Fauré. And thus, a third piece was found: the Sonata in D Minor for Violin and Piano, op. 75 by Camille Saint-Saëns. It is an excellent addition to the album’s theme in that is both a French work (by way of Saint-Saëns’ nationality) and also now a transcription that the Duo hopes to establish. Like its companion pieces, the work is cast in four movements; however, in this sonata, Saint-Saëns linked the four movements in two groups of two.

In addition to these two connections, all three sonatas share a common use of color, a noted trait in French music that is a natural fit for the sonority created by this combination of instruments. The mood and character of each sonata covers a wide range, often mirroring each other; from dark and brooding with dramatic passages, moments of tranquility and nostalgia, whirling scherzi and virtuosic finales requiring spirited acrobatics from both the flutist and pianist. French Connections is an album that captures the spirit of the French world and showcases the epic potential of the flute and piano when given the chance to shine amongst its instrumental counterparts.

The Chatterton-McCright Duo has been performing together since 2009. Their successful partnership has taken them across the United States and abroad presenting programs of concert music that blend both traditional and contemporary works. Their concerts include London’s St. Martins-in-the-Field Artist Series, the National Concert Hall of Ireland, the Chicago Cultural Center and throughout Thailand and Australia. As educators, the duo has given residencies at many colleges and universities. They are strong proponents of new music and have commissioned, premiered and performed works by dozens of established as well as up-and-coming composers.

“The kind of performance that sparks wild standing ovations. Definitive” says the American Record Guide of American flutist Linda Chatterton. A Yamaha Performing Artist, Ms. Chatterton has performed in New York at Carnegie and Alice Tully halls, was a featured recitalist on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, and has toured internationally throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. As a concerto soloist, highlights include many performances of traditional and contemporary repertoire in the U.S. and Europe. She is a two-time recipient and the only flute soloist to win a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and she has received many prizes and awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the American Composers Forum. She has served as a U.S. State Department Arts Ambassador overseas and is a regular performer and lecturer at the National Flute Association’s and British Flute Society’s conferences. Her live performances have been broadcast throughout the U.S. on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and French Connections is her sixth CD recording. In addition to her concert schedule, Ms. Chatterton is highly regarded for her insightful master classes; in a related realm, she often can be heard giving her “It Sounded Better at Home!” workshop series based on her extensive work on the psychology of optimum performance. “It Sounded Better at Home!” will soon be released as a book. She received her Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota studying with Julia Bogorad and her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music as a scholarship student of Bonita Boyd.

American pianist Matthew McCright has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific as piano soloist and chamber musician. He has thrilled audiences and critics alike with imaginative programming that places the greatest piano repertoire alongside the music of today’s most innovative composers. Mr. McCright currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, teaches privately in the Twin Cities, and is a member of the piano faculty of Carleton College. He maintains an active performing schedule as one of the most sought after pianists of his generation in contemporary music. He has premiered numerous new pieces, many written for him, and has collaborated with countless composers across the globe. An accomplished recording artist, Mr. McCright has released five solo recordings: three albums on innova Records (Second Childhood, A Waltz through Vapor, and Blender) and a 2011 release of the piano works of Gene Gutchë on Centaur Records, and a 2015 release on Albany Records of the piano music of Olivier Messiaen. The recipient of numerous awards, grants, and prizes, he has performed at festivals such as Bang on a Can at MassMOCA, Printing House Festival of New Music (Dublin), Late Music Festival (UK), Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival, Engelbach-Hart, Kodály Institute, Perilous Night, Fringe, Bridge, Spark Festival of Electronic Music, Seward Arts, Music 2000, CCM Village Opening, and Minnesota Composers Alliance. Mr. McCright completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, Master of Music Degree in Piano from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from Westminster College. His past teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, Lisa Moore, and Richard Morris.


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