An arrangement by Martin Parry of one of Albéniz's most haunting and evocative pieces. Review: "Another well thought out and lovely arrangement from Martin Parry taking the well-known tune Granada which although originally written for piano has become one of the most important works of the classical guitar repertoire. Here Parry lets the flute have the tune the majority of the time but in places lets the piano take over to add variety and to continue some of the phrases in a different octave. The melody works well on the flute and one which would fit nicely into a Spanish programme of music (which I do get asked to do!) or as an encore to a recital. Very glad to have it added to my repertoire." – Dr. Rachel Smith DMA, MA, BMus (Hons), FTCL – November 2014 Review: "This popular piano solo is now arranged for flute and piano and makes for an ideal encore piece. For studios, schools, colleges and professionals." – New Issues December 1994
Martin Parry began playing the flute at the age of 8 while a chorister of Canterbury Cathedral. He studied with Geoffrey Gilbert in London and Jean-Pierre Rampal in Paris. For over 30 years he has been at the forefront of London's orchestral scene. He was principal flute in the London Philharmonic Orchestra for ten years from 1974, and in 1987 joined the London Symphony Orchestra as sub principal flute. He has broadcast as a soloist and chamber musician both in the UK and abroad.
La Fille Aux Cheveux Dores (The Girl with the Golden Hair), composed by Paul Lewis and dedicated to Rachel Smith, is a study in extreme legato and breath control. It is sensuous, delicate, intimate and very French, and has the most gorgeous and romantic tune imaginable. Rachel Smith recorded this work in April 2012 on the CD The World of the Flute, released in 2013 by Polyphonic, QPRZ 029D.
Starting with deep thoughts of life itself, Reflections is followed by a lighter middle section of getting on with life. Song of Spring begins with rays of sunshine and the grass turning from brown to green - by the main theme we are into spring and enjoying it. Neapolitan Thoughts represents thinking of Italy and a visit to Naples and the famous Bay.
Starting peacefully and calmly Valse Semplice is followed by a variation of mood swings and melodies before returning to the valse. The Gipsy Rondo represents an atmospheric Hungarian scene, and When Autumn Comes starts with a nostalgic main melody describing autumn having arrived, before chasing through the falling leaves.
Describing a person's feelings towards his or her partner Melody of Love shows continuing affection in a couple of variations. Impressions reflects moods, sadness and nostalgic thoughts, leading to a short melody of joy before returning to impressions of life, and Air is a serene hymn like melody with a feeling of peace.
Penderyn is a tiny village at the edge of the Brecon Beacons and is the birthplace of the compose's grandmother. The old church of Penderyn is enclosed by trees that are home to scores of birds from which the village takes its name - 'Hill of Birds' is the English translation. The flute evokes the bird song and in the central section plays a folk style melody, while the piano takes a harp like role with an old Welsh hymn (Llef) hidden in the harmony and following the bird song.