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DOPPLER, F. / DOPPLER, K.: Music for Flutes and Orchestra

Composer(s):Doppler, FranzDoppler, Karl
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570378
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Brothers Franz and Karl Doppler were both accomplished flautists. Their compositions, sometimes written together, reflect the tastes of the period, making great use of Hungarian themes. The famous Duettino sur des motifs américains quotes Hail Columbia, Boatman Dance and The Star-spangled Banner, ending with the inescapable Yankee Doodle. Intended for recitals and conceived with piano accompaniment, the transcriptions and pot-pourris featured on this recording have been orchestrated at the request of Patrick Gallois. The Concerto for two flutes is a more ambitious work, suggesting the young Mendelssohn or Weber.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,May 2008

This disc is a real oddity, yet a pleasant one. The Doppler brothers were accomplished flautists who wrote their works for their own performances, usually with piano accompaniment. The music reflects popular tastes of the mid- to late-19th century, relying on folk and operatic melodies as sources. Try it.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2007

If you have ever heard of the Doppler brothers, it is more than likely by virtue of Franz having orchestrated six of the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies. They were born in that part of the world which today forms part of the Ukraine, their father an eminent oboist at the Warsaw Opera. Both took to the flute, Franz settling in Vienna, first as principal flute of the Court Orchestra before turning to conducting. Karl's career was not at the same exalted level eventually settling in Stuttgart as the Kapellmeister. Both were successful composers, Karl more slanted towards the theatre, and at times they came together in joint projects such as the highly attractive Valse di bravura. So far as Franz was concerned, his music was intended to demonstrate his virtuosity as a flautist,



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