Devienne, François: Flute concerto No. 11
Francois Devienne's music has long been highly rated for its grace and balance. One of the first professors of flute at the new Conservatoire in 1795, Devienne's Flute Concertos played by the composer at the Concerts Spirituels in the 1780s reflected the elegance and brilliance of classical music in Paris and earned Devienne the title the 'French Mozart'
This concerto, here in an arrangement for flute and keyboard, is one of the most attractive of them all.
This is terrific practice material for any flautist,
and would make an impressive competition piece.
Jennifer Caesar's edition is beautifully clear,
with a minimum of editorial interference,
and this is utterly appropriate in such a virtuosic piece,
where unnecessary slurring and articulation
might only serve to confuse or divert the flautist.
(The Consort, Summer 2009)