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Synergy - Sharon Bezaly & Friends

Synergy - Sharon Bezaly & Friends

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On Synergy, flautist Sharon Bezaly and her musician friends demonstrate that one plus one can be much greater than two. Featuring works that celebrate the coming together of like-minded musicians, this project is a reminder, after more than two years of a pandemic that has affected all of us, that true musical synergy can only be achieved 'face-to-face’, rather than ‘remotely’. With his Concerto for flute and recorder, Telemann not only creates a fusion of different musical styles of his time – namely Italian, German and French – but also shows a gift for borrowing elements from popular music. Saint-Saëns brings swirling colors and energy with a Tarentelle for flute, clarinet and orchestra, that at times displays obsessive, even threatening undertones. From the same period, Doppler’s Concerto for two flutes is not far from the world of opera, providing the two soloists with ample opportunity to shine like two singers in front of an orchestra. In addition to celebrating the synergy created between musicians, the last two works featured on this disc, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 and Suite from the Orchestral Works, are telling examples of synergy between composers: it is as if Villa-Lobos and Mahler were shaking hands with Johann Sebastian Bach across distances of thousands of miles and hundreds of years.


The principal attraction of this SACD, as good as the performances are, is the uniqueness of the program. Sharon Bezaly, one of the outstanding flutists of our time, has brought together composers not particularly associated with each other, and from different eras. While each performance is enjoyable, the real success of the disc is how the imaginative program flows in such a lovely way.

On Telemann’s Concerto in E Minor for Recorder, Flute, and Strings with harpsichord continuo. Bezaly is joined by one of the world’s premier recordists, Michala Petri, and their interplay is delightful. The final Presto is particularly inventive and sparkling in the way the two soloists play off each other.

Michael Collins and Bezaly play Saint-Saëns’s Tarantelle with total communication, lingering lightly over lyrical passages while clearly enjoying their virtuoso moments as well.

The big surprise for me was the Concerto in D Minor for Two Flutes by the flute virtuoso and composer Franz Doppler (1821–1883). The music is almost vocal in its melodic shape, but the remarkable aspect of the score, surprisingly, are the passages where the two flutes must play in unison. Bezaly and Walter Auer come close to making us believe that they are a single flute.

Next comes the one work without orchestra, Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas brasileiras No. 6, scored for flute and bassoon. Bram van Sambeek is a brilliant technician, but more importantly he produces a rich sound from his bassoon and provides harmonic support for Bezaly’s flute.

Her combination of rich tone and rhythmic precision is just right for The Mahler-orchestrated selections from the Second and Third Orchestral Suites. While no one would mistake this for an historically informed performance, it is an extremely stylish one. Michael Collins and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra bring elegance to the Air and energy to the Gavotte from the Third Suite. As an encore Bezaly give us a repeat of the Badinerie from the Second Suite.

BIS’s usual high standards of engineering and informative program notes round out a truly lovely disc.

-- Fanfare (Henry Fogel)

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Product Description:

  • Release Date: September 02, 2022

  • UPC: 7318599923390

  • Catalog Number: BIS-2339

  • Label: BIS

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Camille Saint-Saens, Franz Doppler

  • Conductor: Michael Collins, Thomas Dausgaard

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

  • Performer: Sharon Bezaly, Michala Petri, Urban Svensson, Michael Collins, Walter Auer, Bram van Sambeek


  1. Concerto in E minor, TWV 52:e1

    Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Sharon Bezaly (Flute), Michala Petri (Recorder)

    Conductor: Urban Svensson

  2. Tarentelle, Op. 6

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Sharon Bezaly (Flute), Michael Collins (Clarinet)

    Conductor: Michael Collins

  3. Concerto in D minor for two flutes and orchestra

    Composer: Franz Doppler

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Sharon Bezaly (Flute), Walter Auer (Flute)

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard

  4. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6

    Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos

    Performer: Sharon Bezaly (Flute), Bram van Sambeek (Bassoon)

  5. Suite for Orchestra

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Gustav Mahler)

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Sharon Bezaly (Flute), Björn Gäfvert (Harpschord, Organ)

    Conductor: Michael Collins

  6. Badinerie

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Sharon Bezaly (Flute)