Product Reviews: Concerto in G major for Flute and Piano, QV5 174
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“Great price and piano reduction, flute part editing not so much.”
I bought this edition online because it was so cheap. The piano part is great, but the flute part is unfortunately edited rather haphazardly (by Frances Blaisdell) in my and my teacher's opinion, with many parts of the line put clumsily up the octave, compared to the earliest transcript of the piece I could find, and many unnatural dynamic and tempo markings put in. The print quality and legibility is also great, but I would perhaps recommend the Breitkopf edition instead, which is truer to the possibilities of the instrument it would have been plaid on, and less idiosyncratically edited.
I'd lost my old (Southern Music?) copy of this decades ago, so it's nice to see it again in this edition. It used to be on the Gr8 list back in the Stone Age, but seems to have disappeared from view. What a shame, as it's a lively, energetic concerto that deserves to be heard more. Highly reminiscent of the Gr8 Ranish for style - it's very elegant. Cadenzas by Georges Barrere (the 'Density 21.5' guy) seem rigged for a modern flute's capabilities: not sure if you could actually play them on an almost keyless flute? The only criticism is that the piano part is rather fuzzy in the printing and is hard work on the eye. As it's a 1994 production, Schirmer had no excuse with the technology (it looks a bit 'dot matrix' or low res). The flute part is better in this regard.