Classical The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. Sun, 16 Jun 2024 08:11:06 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Italian Baroque Concertos (Ritenspart) [1972] Italian Baroque Concertos (Ritenspart) [1972]

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Alessandro Marcello: Oboe Concerto in C minor
Antonio Vivaldi:
    Concerto for Guitar and Viola d'amore in D minor
    Flute Concerto in A minor
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Flute Concerto #1 in G Major
Giuseppe Tartini: Flute Concerto in G Major
Giuseppe Sammartini: Flute Concerto in F Major

Pierre Pierlot, oboe
Franz Probst, guitar
Gunther Lemmen, viola
Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute
Chamber Orchestra of the Saar
Karl Ristenpart – conductor


Ristenpart's recordings for Club Français du Disque appeared in the United States most frequently when they were licensed for domestic release by Nonesuch. This CDR release does not identify the source of the recordings contained therein, but I know that at least the Vivaldi double concerto appeared on Nonesuch in the 1960s. (Today, Nonesuch has shockingly little interest in their back catalogue and prefers to focus on contemporary repertoire and performers.) It would have been helpful if ReDiscovery had identified these concertos by more than just their keys, but perhaps the LPs omitted this information as well.

Ristenpart was young enough to catch wind of the "original instruments" movement, but in the 1960s it was more a curiosity than an expectation, unlike today. (The worm is turning, however.) The Chamber Orchestra of the Saar happily played modern instruments, and did so in a predominantly modern style, although it would be wrong to condemn these readings as stylistically uninformed. Nevertheless, there will be those who will object to their latent romanticism, and they need look no further than the famous middle movement of Marcello's Oboe Concerto for ammunition. As for myself, I think it's gorgeous. Rampal needs no introduction, and Pierlot is only a bit less familiar. They were consummate musicians and masters of their instruments, and the listener is in very good hands with these gentlemen. Probst and Lemmen are not as famous, but they make a very agreeable impression in their concerto too.

ReDiscovery's David Gideon seems to have used very well cared-for LPs as the source material. The results are warm, quiet, and clear – fully the equal of almost any CD on the market today. Of course that doesn't compensate for oddities in the original recordings. Soloists are balanced too far forward. In the first Vivaldi concerto, the soft-spoken guitar has no trouble competing with the orchestra!

ReDiscovery releases are available over the Internet at; their service is fast and courteous. The asking price for this CDR release is only $15, and that includes shipping and handling. The releases look endearingly homemade – no labels on the CDRs apart from a handwritten catalogue number near the spindle hole, and rudimentary (yet effective!) cover art and release notes – but the digital remasterings are superb, and Ristenpart and Co. leave the listener with the same species of contentment associated with a good meal. --- Raymond Tuttle,

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Jean-Pierre Rampal & Maurice André - Children's Songs (1985) Jean-Pierre Rampal & Maurice André - Children's Songs (1985)

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01 Air Clair de La Lune
02 Cockless and Mussels
03 Prom'Nons-Nous Dans le Bois....
04 Kein Schoner Land
05 Gentil Coquelicot		play
06 Sakura
07 Sur Le pont D'Avignon
08 Jingle Bells
09 Es,Es,Es Und Es
10 A La Claire Fontaine
11 Loch Lomond
12 Il Court,Il court le Furet
13 De Blumelein Sie Schlafen
14 En Passant Par la Lorraine
15 Greensleves
16 Alouette,gentille Alouette	play

Jean Pierre Rampal - Flutes, Alto Flute, Piccolo
Maurice André - trumpets, baroque trumpet, flugelorn

Saint-Laurent Children's Choir
Alain Cazade & Bertrand Lemaire – directors

Instrumental Ensemble
François Rauber – conductor

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Rampal plays Scott Joplin (1983) Rampal plays Scott Joplin (1983)

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01. Maple Leaf Rag
02. Elite Syncopations
03. Bethena [A Concert Waltz]
04. Combination March
05. Entertainer [A Ragtime Two Step]
06. Cascades [A Rag]
07. Cleopha [March and Two Step]
08. Ragtime Dance
09. Chrysanthemum [An Afro-American Intermezzo]
10. Favorite [Ragtime Two Step]
11. Original Rags
12. Harmony Club Waltz
13. Great Crush Collision March

Jean-Pierre Rampal - Flute, Piccolo, Train Whistle, Whistle
John Steele Ritter - Fortepiano, Harpsichord, Piano
Shelly Manne - Bird Calls, Drums, Mouth Percussion, Percussion
Thomas "Snake" Johnson – Tuba
Gordon Gottlieb - Foot Stomping, Percussion


Jean-Pierre Rampal was one of history's greatest flute players, and among the most recorded classical artists of all time. His father was the first flutist of the Marseilles Symphony Orchestra and was professor of flute at the Conservatory there. Although his father taught him to play the flute, he did not recommend a musical career for Jean-Pierre, who instead entered medical studies. He was in the third year of medical study when, in 1943, German occupying forces drafted Rampal for service in the military. He learned that he was, in fact, to be sent to Germany as forced labor. So he went absent without leave and joined the underground, traveling to Paris and assuming a new identity. In Paris, he decided to attend the National Conservatory as a flute student. Five months later he graduated with first prize. Paris was liberated a few months later, and Rampal was appointed first flutist with the Paris Vichy Opéra.

In 1950 Rampal embarked on a touring career. His favored accompanist was Robert Veyron-Lacroix, who could play both piano and harpsichord. Veyron-Lacroix's expertise helped Rampal deepen his performances of music of the eighteenth century -- his favorite musical era -- by drawing on contemporary performance practices. He eschewed the vibrato and the generally romantic sound of most flute playing, and in so doing he strongly influenced flutists of subsequent generations. In 1956 he joined the orchestra of the Paris Opéra, remaining there through 1962. During this period he appeared frequently on the radio in Paris, gaining great popularity. He taught at the Paris Conservatory and gave master classes around the world.

Rampal was devoted to chamber music, founding the French Wind Quintet (Quintette à Vent Française) in 1945 and the Ensemble Baroque de Paris in 1953. He appeared with every major orchestra, gave recitals worldwide, and recorded prolifically, covering all of the standard flute repertoire and many new and unknown pieces. Several of his recordings have won the Grand Prix du Disques.

Even beyond these endeavors his musical interests were quite diverse: he also appeared on recordings of English folksong, American ragtime, European jazz, and Japanese, Chinese, and Indian classical music. Some of his recording partners were Mstislav Rostropovich, Claude Bolling, Ravi Shankar, and Isaac Stern. Numerous composers wrote works for him, including Francis Poulenc, Pierre Boulez, André Jolivet, and Jean Françaix. His Music, My Love: An Autobiography was published in 1989. Rampal received various honors, including elevation to the ranks of Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur (1996), Officier des Arts et Lettres (1971), Commandeur de l'Ordre National de Mérite. He also received the Prix du Président de la République, and the Prix du Académie Charles Cros. --- Joseph Stevenson, Rovi

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