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Francis Poulenc

Publisher: Chester Music

Flute Sonata (1957)
commissioned by James Galway
Chester Music Ltd
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
Lennox Berkeley
14 Minutes
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Programme Note
Francis Poulenc Flute Sonata (1957)
The rather unusual title for a work for orchestra - in fact a Concerto - is explained by the fact that it was originally written by Francis Poulenc, the French composer who died in 1963 and was a member of the composers who were known as "Les Six", for Flute and Piano. With his usual skill and expertise, Sir Lennox Berkeley has 'converted' this short work into a concert which is so convincing that the Composer himslef might, if he had heard it, have wondered why he did not think of it in the first place!

It is a most attractive work giving full scope to the range and versatility to the Flute as a solo instrument as well as providing us with a slow movement of unalloyed charm.

  • Ensemble
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    J Galway, flute
    Charles Dutoit
  • Ensemble
    Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    J Stinton, flute
    Steuart Bedford
    Collins Classics:
  • Ensemble
    Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Jennifer Stinton (flute)
    Steuart Bedford
  • 07 APR 2018
    The Clarion, Clute, TX
    Brazosport Symphony Orchestra
    John Ricarte, conductor
  • 21 FEB 2018
    Seoul, South Korea
    Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra
    Juliette Hurel, flute; Philippe Bernold, conductor
  • 20 AUG 2017
    Musa Kawasaki Symphony Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
    Juliette Hurel, conductor
  • 22 APR 2017
    St Mary's Collegiate Church, Warwickshire, UK
    Lindsay Martin, flute; Antoine Mitchell, piano
  • 25 FEB 2017
    De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK
    Leicester Symphony Orchestra
    Katherine Bryan, flute; John Andrews, conductor
  • 15 FEB 2017
    Bratislava, Slovakia
    Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
    Katarina Turcinova, flute; Rastislav Stur, conductor
  • 17 MAR 2016
    Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Adam Walker, flute; Thomas Søndergård, conductor
  • 17 MAR 2016
    Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Adam Walker, flute; Thomas Søndergård, conductor
  • 15 NOV 2014
    St. Marys Church, Bridgnorth
    Bridgnorth Sinfonia
    Sarah Morris; Dr James Ross , conductor
  • 20 JUL 2014
    Rastatt, Germany
    Kammerorchester Rastatt
    Peter Epple, conductor
  • 22 JUN 2014
    Blundell's School, Devon
    Blundell's School
  • 02 APR 2014
    St Barnabas Church, Ealing
    Notting Hill and Ealing High School Senior Choir
    Paul Jeanes, conductor
  • 13 JUL 2013
    Westbourne Orchestral Society

    Other Dates:
    20 July - Westbourne
  • 04 APR 2013
    Poulenc - The Music and the Man
    St Giles' Cripplegate, London
    City of London Sinfonia
    Michael Collins (clarinet) Karen Jones (flute) Daniel Bates (oboe)
  • 13 MAR 2013
    Rouen, France
    Conservatoire de Rouen
  • 23 JAN 2013
    Raanana, Israel
    Raanana Symphonette Orchestra
    Timoshin; Ein-Habar, conductor
  • 04 JAN 2013
    Taiwan, Australia
    Hung-Yi Chiang; Shao-Chia Lü, conductor
  • 17 NOV 2012
    Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff, Wales
    RWCMD Chamber Orchestra
    Richard Armstrong, conductor
  • 25 MAR 2012
    Ayr Town Hall
    Ayrshire Symphony Orchestra
  • 11 MAR 2012
    St Andrews-in-the-Square, Glasgow, SCOTLAND
    Scottish Opera
    Francesco Corti, conductor
  • 04 NOV 2011
    Lodz, Poland
    Orkiestra Filharmonii Lodzkiej
    E. Zawislak; Grzegorz Wierus, conductor
  • 07 AUG 2011
    Toyota-shi Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    Toyota City Junior Orchestra
  • 11 JUN 2011
    Trinity School, Croydon
    Croyden Symphony Orchestra
    Darrell Davison, conductor
  • 26 OCT 2010
  • 11 MAY 2010
    Kolarac Hall, Belgrade, Serbia
    RTS Symphony Orchestra
  • 16 DEC 2009
    Younger Hall, St Andrews, Scotland
    Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Alison Mitchell; Robin Ticciati, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17 December - Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
    18 December - City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland
    19 December - Music Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 26 JUN 2009
    Strathpeffer, Scotland
    Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Robin Ticciati, conductor

    Other Dates:
    27 June - Findhorn, Scotland
    28 June - Pitlochry, Scotland
  • 16 JUN 2009
    St. Cuthbert's Church, Carlisle
    City of Carlisle Orchestra
  • 24 MAY 2009
    Recital Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    Simpatico Ensemble de Camera
  • 07 MAY 2009
    Uppsala, Sweden
    Norrlands Nations Salongsorkester

    Other Dates:
    10 May - Uppsala, Sweden

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