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Jean-Pierre Rampal - The Complete CBS Masterworks Recordings [56 CDs]

Jean-Pierre Rampal - The Complete CBS Masterworks Recordings [56 CDs]

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Before Jean-Pierre Rampal appeared on the music scene in the 1950s, wind players were rarely hired as soloists with orchestras. This legendary French flute virtuoso broke through that barrier with his astonishing talent, flair, and commanding stage presence, attaining the kind of visibility previously enjoyed only by pianists and violinists. He regularly filled the world’s largest concert halls for his recitals and chamber performances. Rampal was the father figure of the flute renaissance in the 20th century which restored the instrument to the exalted position it held during the 18th century.

He also became one the world’s most recorded artists, commanding all the essential repertoire of his instrument but equally embracing previously unknown works, his own discoveries, jazz, pop, folk and contemporary works. Virtually anything written for the flute or plausibly adapted for it was grist for his mill. In his autobiography Rampal referred to the discography that brought him numerous prizes and awards as being so enormous that not even he could keep track of it. In 1969, he began recording for CBS, and in 1979 he signed an exclusive contract with the label.

To mark his 100th birthday, Sony Classical released in a 56-CD box set the first complete edition of Jean-Pierre Rampal’s recordings for CBS, RCA, and Sony Classical.


DISC 1: Mozart: Flute Quartets
DISC 2: Bach Family
DISC 3: Bolling: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano
DISC 4/5: Rampal and Lagoya in Concert
DISC 6: Vivaldi/Telemann
DISC 7: Bolling: "Picnic Suite"
DISC 8: Mozart: Flute Quartets K. 285 & K. 298/Divertimento K. 334
DISC 9: Carnaval de Rampal (Showpieces)
DISC 10: Schubert: Sonata In A Minor/Moscheles: Sonata concertante
DISC 11: Pastorales De Noel
DISC 12: Dvořák, Feld, Martinů: From Prague With Love
DISC 13: Japanese Melodies, Vol. III
DISC 14: Haydn: Divertimentos
DISC 15: Sonatas of J.S. Bach and sons
DISC 16: Jean-Pierre Rampal plays Scott Joplin
DISC 17: Weber: Sonatas for Violin and Piano
DISC 18: Bach: Concerto for Flute, Strings and Basso Continuo
DISC 19: Vivaldi: Six Concertos for Flute
DISC 20: Fascinatin' Rampal: Jean-Pierre Rampal plays Gershwin
DISC 21/22: Bach: Sonatas and Partita for Flute
DISC 23/24: Haydn: Concertos
DISC 25: The Flute at The Court of Frederick The Great
DISC 26: Night at The Opera: The Magic Flute
DISC 27: Chants de Noel / Children’s Songs
DISC 28: Mozart: Sonatas
DISC 29: Bolling: Suite No. 2 For Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
DISC 30: Mozart: The Flute Quartets
DISC 31: Telemann: Overture/Concertos
DISC 32: Telemann, Kuhlau, Bach, Mozart, Doppler
DISC 33: Kuhlau: Flute Quintets
DISC 34: Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp/Sinfonia concertante
DISC 35: Carulli: Flute Concerto and more
DISC 36: Concertos for Two Flutes
DISC 37/38: C.P.E. Bach: The Complete Flute Concertos
DISC 39: Mozart: Flute Concertos
DISC 40: Music for Flute and Harp
DISC 41: Mozart,Telemann, J.C. Bach, Reicha
DISC 42: Vivaldi: 6 Double Concertos
DISC 43: Rameau: Pièces de clavecin en Concerts
DISC 44: Italian Flute Concertos
DISC 45: Mozart: Divertimento, K.334/Adagio And Rondo, K.617/Andante, K.616/Quintet, K.557
DISC 46: Haydn: London Trios
DISC 47: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
DISC 48: Kathleen Battle and Jean-Pierre Rampal in Concert
DISC 49: Pla: Catalan Flute Music of the 18th Century
DISC 50: Boccherini: Flute Quintets
DISC 51: Collaborations
DISC 52: Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 36 & 38 – Jean Pierre Rampal, conductor
DISC 53: Carulli/Haydn: Guitar Concertos – Jean Pierre Rampal, conductor
DISC 54: Bolling: Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio – J.P. Rampal, conductor
DISC 55: Romantic Harp Concertos – J.P. Rampal, conductor
DISC 56: Mozart: March/Serenade K. 250 “Haffner” – J.P. Rampal, conductor


Flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal brought the instrument to new prominence, proving its enormous potential in a wide range of repertoire. Sony’s new collection, ‘The Complete CBS Masterworks Recordings’, opens to a benchmark 1969 recording of the Mozart flute quartets where Rampal joins forces with Isaac Stern, Alexander Schneider, and Leonard Rose, and ends with more Mozart – and more Stern – for a keenly played 1994 version of Mozart’s Haffner Serenade. Especially noteworthy are three Kuhlau flute quintets where Rampal joins forces with the Juilliard Quartet: this is superior music, beautifully performed and recorded.

Contemporary repertoire is represented in the first instance by a colorfully inventive and well-performed Penderecki Concerto under the composer’s own direction, surely the best ‘modern’ piece in the set. Rampal enjoyed a fruitful musical relationship with the French jazz pianist, composer and arranger Claude Bolling. Of those pieces included in the set, I’d gravitate first to the Suite for chamber orchestra and jazz piano trio, with its classical resonances; on the other hand, programs devoted to Scott Joplin rags and Gershwin (including a musically pointless abbreviation of An American in Paris) are best left in the box. I’m all for creative crossover but the Gershwin in particular misfires, musically. Still, to be landed with just two ‘duffs’ in a collection of 56 CDs is pretty good going.

As you can imagine, some of the featured repertoire appears more than once but there are sufficient differences in approach between alternative recordings to justify spending time comparing. What’s most interesting is the typically wide range of music on offer, some of it of exceptional quality.

Overall, this is a most enjoyable set, sturdily boxed, with original jacket sleeves that include readable spines, and a hardcover 220-page accompanying book that will give you informative annotations and all the discographical information you need. As diverting collections go, this is certainly one to consider.

-- Gramophone (Rob Cowan)

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Product Description:

  • Release Date: December 03, 2021

  • UPC: 194398882826

  • Catalog Number: 19439888282

  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment

  • Number of Discs: 56

  • Composer: Giuseppe Matteo Alberti, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Christian Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Benda, Henry Rowley Bishop, Luigi Boccherini, François Adrien Boieldieu, Claude Bolling, François Borne, Ferdinando Carulli, Carlo Cecere, Frédéric Chopin, Domenico Cimarosa, Claude Debussy, Jules Auguste Edouard Demersseman, Gaetano Donizetti, Franz Doppler, Antonín Dvořák, Gabriel Fauré, Jindrich Feld, Friedrich von Flotow, Frederick II of Prussia, Paul Genin, George Gershwin, Mauro Giuliani, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Franz Xaver Gruber, George Frideric Handel, Franz Joseph Haydn, Michael Dewar Head, Ryutaro Hirota, Luigi Hugues, Jacques Ibert, Scott Joplin, Fritz Kreisler, Friedrich Kuhlau, Michel Legrand, Bohuslav Martinů, Jules Massenet, Michio Miyagi, Kazuaki Miyazaki, Tamezo Morita, Ignaz Moscheles, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Yoshinao Nakada, Fernando Jaumandreu Obradors, Niccolò Paganini, Elias Parish-Alvars, Krzysztof Penderecki, Francesco Petrini, Romano Antonio Piacentino, James Pierpont, Joan Baptista Pla, Henry Purcell, Johann Joachim Quantz, Jean Philippe Rameau, Maurice Ravel, Anton Reicha, Gioacchino Rossini, Albert Roussel, Camille Saint-Saëns, Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Gaspar Sanz, Christian Gottlieb Scheidler, Franz Peter Schubert, Stephen Sondheim, Fernando Sor, Louis Spohr, Anton Stamitz, Francisco Tárrega, Georg Philipp Telemann, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Giovanni Battista Viotti, Antonio Vivaldi, Carl Maria von Weber, Kosaku Yamada, Takashi Yamada, Masao Yoshida

  • Conductor: Jean-Pierre Rampal, Milan Munclinger, Claudio Scimone, Michel Colombier, János Rolla, François Rauber, Krzysztof Penderecki, Esa-Pekka Salonen

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Jerusalem Music Centre Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Ars Rediviva of Prague, I Solisti Veneti, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Saint-Laurent Children’s Choir, Instrumental Ensemble, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Nouveau Trio Pasquier, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra

  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Rampal, Isaac Stern, Alexander Schneider, Leonard Rose, Eugenia Zukerman, Pinchas Zukerman, Charles Tunnell, Claude Bolling, Max Hédiguer, Marcel Sabiani, Alexandre Lagoya, Guy Pedersen, Daniel Humair, John Steele Ritter, Michel Legrand, Shinishi Yuize, Utae Uno, Yasuko Nakashima, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leslie Parnas, Tommy Johnson, Shelly Manne, Gordon Gottlieb, Michael Riesman, František Sláma, František Pošta, Josef Hála, Daniele Roi, Dorothy Linell, Michel Colombier, James Walker, Randy Kerber, Robbie Buchanan, Vinnie Colaiuta, Neil Stubenhaus, Paul Jackson Jr., Pierre Pierlot, Pierre-Yves Sorin, Vincent Cordelette, Salvatore Accardo, Marielle Nordmann, Ab Koster, Pierre Pierlot, Marcel Allard, Shigenori Kudo, Josef Schneider, Wolfgang Schlachter, Matthias Spaeter, André Cazalet, Jean-Michel Vinit, Bruno Pasquier, Roland Pidoux, Wolfgang Schulz, Gilbert Audin, Zsuzsa Pertis, Kathleen Battle, Anthony Newman, Myron Lutzke, Margo Garrett, Claudi Arimany, Mária Frank, Mathilde Sternat, Jean-François Rougé, Jean-Luc Dayan