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Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro-Master Music for Flute & Piano

Artist: Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro
Title: Master Music for Flute & Piano
Genre: Classical
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The long time team of Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro unite once again on a selection of compositions from influential composers Cesar Franck, Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, and Maurice Ravel on Master Music for Flute & Piano.

The title of the recording befits the 19 compositions covered on this comprehensive outing. Schubert gets extensive coverage through seven variations and the “Theme – Trochne Blumen.” While I found the entire recording beautifully done and valid, this particular broad honoring of Debussy is the most prolific and ever changing on the CD. The then the two main compositions are by Cesar Franck, which the artists feel is the most important classic. The flute and piano playing of Ms. Zucker and Mr. Shapiro are as usual, beyond reproach.

The consistency of the compositions is remarkable. I found the music sweeping and it left me mesmerized, unable to concentrate on anything else for very long. Of course, this would be the objective of any entertainer, and this marvelous couple does a fine job of capturing the essence and purpose of the original composer’s meaning.

Once again, I found myself captivated by classical music. What makes it all that much sweeter is that its independent classical musical on the label of the artist. Shapiro and Zucker serve as an inspiration to all artists from every genre on the globe. This is how you do it the indie way with class and style.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

November 12, 2006

Tracks:

01. Cesar Franck Sonata -Allegro ben moderato
02. Cesar Franck Sonata- Allegro
03. Cesar Franck Sonata- Recitativo Fantaisia
04. Cesar Franck Sonata- Allegretto poco mosso
05. Maurice Ravel - piece en Forme de Habanera
06. Gabriel Faure - Morceau de Concourse
07. Claude Debussy - The Little Shepherd
08. Franz Schubert - Introduction & Variations on a Theme from Mulle
09. Schubert - Theme -Trochne Blumen
10. Schubert - Variation 1
11. Schubert - variation 2
12. Schubert - variation 3
13. Schubert - variation 4
14. Schubert - variation 5
15. Schubert - variation 6
16. Schubert - variation 7
17. Darius Milhaud Sonatine - Tendre
18. Milhaud - Souple
19. Milhaud - Clair

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