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  Song Share Time Download
1. Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio: II. Sentimentale
Samantha Chang, Mark Camilleri, Jon Maharaj & Mark Inneo
7:18 $0.99
2. Andante and Rondo Op. 25: I. Andante
Samantha Chang, Conrad Chow & Ellen Meyer
4:19 $0.99
3. Andante and Rondo Op. 25: II. Rondo
Samantha Chang, Conrad Chow & Ellen Meyer
5:19 $0.99
4. Pescara Pastorale
Samantha Chang
2:51 $0.99
5. Grand Concerto Fantasy Op. 5 On Themes from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera"
Samantha Chang, Dona Jean Clary & Christopher Lee
8:56 $0.99
6. Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio: V. Irlandaise
Samantha Chang, Mark Camilleri, Jon Maharaj & Mark Inneo
3:38 $0.99
7. Two Lyrics of Yi People
Samantha Chang & Dona Jean Clary
8:36 $0.99
8. Carmen: Intermezzo
Samantha Chang & Chenchen Liu
2:24 $0.99
9. Fantaisie Brillante On Themes from Bizet's Carmen
Samantha Chang & Dona Jean Clary
12:12 $0.99
10. Deux Interludes: I. Andante Espressivo
Samantha Chang, Conrad Chow & Ellen Meyer
3:27 $0.99
11. Deux Interludes: II. Allegro Vivo
Samantha Chang, Conrad Chow & Ellen Meyer
4:06 $0.99
12. Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio: IV. Fugace
Samantha Chang, Mark Camilleri, Jon Maharaj & Mark Inneo
4:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
FEATURE REVIEW by Robert Schulslaper

FLUTE SKETCHES • Samantha Chang (fl); Khai Nguyen (vn); Amy Laing (vc); Ellen Meyer (pn) • SAMANTHA CHANG 326118 (62:29)

TAN A Caged Partridge’s Longing. WOODALL Serenade. TAFFANEL Fantasy on Mignon. SCHULHOFF Sonata. PIAZZOLLA Oblivión. REINECKE Ballade. DOROZIO Exodus Partita. GOOSSENS 4 Sketches: Romance; Humoreske

SENTIMENTALE• Samantha Chang (fl); 1Mark Camilleri (pn); 1John Maharaj (db); 1Mark Inneo (drums); 2, 7Conrad Chow (vn); 2, 7Ellen Meyer (pn); 3Christopher Lee (fl); 3, 4, 6Dona Jean Clary (pn); 5Chen Liu (pn) • SAMANTHA CHANG 270222 (67:08)

1 BOLLING Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio: Sentimentale; Irlandaise; Fugace. 2 DOPPLER Andante and Rondo. 3 DOROZIO Pescara Pastorale. 3 HUGUES Grand Concerto Fantasy on Themes from Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. 4 TAN 2 Lyrics of Yi People. 5 BIZET Intermezzo from Carmen. 6 BORNE Fantaisie Brilliante on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen. 7 IBERT 2 Interludes

The subtitle of Samantha Chang’s Flute Sketches is Mosaic of Flute Favorites and she follows the same freewheeling approach in Sentimentale. In other words, she’s not attempting to forge abstruse connections but merely to delight, to entertain, and to introduce a few contemporary composers into the bargain. Mizi Tan was Chang’s first teacher. His A Caged Partridge’s Longing is for solo flute, while Two Lyrics of Yi People adds a piano. While the latter piece would be even more successful if scored for the ch’in or guzheng (Chinese zither-like instruments), nonetheless the piano, played sensitively as it is, is an acceptable substitute, adding a delicate harplike texture. (I’m guessing that Tan chose the piano for practical reasons, as ch’in or guzheng masters are probably few on the ground, at least outside of China.) Partridge mingles sporadic Chinese influences, most detectable in the slow, introspective moments, with more rapid figures that suggest both bird flight and song. Woodall’s serenade is sweetly lyrical, an appealing salon morceau with hints of Irish folk song that lend it a direct, unforced sentimentality. The Taffanel, Borne, and Hugues are three of a kind: operatic paraphrases of the sort that were once profusely in vogue. They’re charming potpourris featuring some of the most popular tunes from the chosen operas. In a sense, they function as a musical Reader’s Digest, allowing the audience to imbibe the melodic highlights in condensed form. In her interview, Chang admits that she loves to wallow in Taffanel’s “cheesy” ambiance. I can smell the cheese in the bravura introduction, dramatic tremolos, and hammy piano, which taken together sound like stereotypical silent-screen music. The Hugues dazzles with swirling, intertwining flutes and revels in a slam-bang accelerated finale. As for the Borne, well, you can’t go wrong with Carmen. While perhaps not as scintillating as Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, Busoni’s Sonatina Supra Carmen, or Horowitz’s Carmen Variations (to name a few among many), it gives flutists a chance to get in on the fun. And speaking of Bizet, the Intermezzo is as lovely as ever.

Tod Dorozio’s Exodus Partita for solo flute is, not surprisingly, often markedly Hebraic, especially in its cantorial flourishes and the exuberant concluding dance. The music is alternately energetic or meditative. His Pescara Pastorale, again for solo flute, sounds vaguely Italian or Mediterranean. Other notable highlights include the Goossens, a luscious example of English Impressionism; the hypnotically melancholy Piazzolla in a fine trio arrangement; the excerpted movements of the always fresh Bolling Suite, which veer from syncopated effervescence to heart-on-sleeve sentiment; and the Schulhoff, which is a major discovery for me: exotic in an Eastern European way, Impressionistic at times, with ingenious piano figures throughout, a jazz-influenced scherzo, and a last movement that leans toward Bartók (or if Schulhoff wasn’t acquainted with him, Rumanian or Hungarian folk music).

Chang has mastered a lovely, warm tone, particularly in the lower register, phrases beautifully, and has agility to spare. Her colleagues are uniformly excellent musicians who deliver idiomatically impeccable performances. Taken together or singly, these discs should charm listeners eager to share Samantha Chang’s enthusiasm for a pleasing diversity of flute-oriented music. Robert Schulslaper

This article originally appeared in Issue 35:3 (Jan/Feb 2012) of Fanfare Magazine.



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