Three years ago, I wrote, Jean Ferrandis Slums in Santa Rosa. It was about going to a “Discovery Open Rehearsal” of the Santa Rosa Symphony. The featured performer was flutist Jean Ferrandis. And the high point of the performance was Jacques Ibert’s Flute Concerto. I have a great love of the work of Les Six and other French composers of the early part of the 20th century. So that was no surprise.
Since I was reminded of it over the weekend, I thought I would share it with you. I found this wonderful version of the piece by Slovenian flutist Irena Grafenauer. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about the performance. I assume this is from a tour she did of Japan. And she looks like she is in her thirties here (but I’m really bad at judging — feel free to correct me), so it must be 15 to 20 years ago. Regardless, it is a beautiful performance of a wonderful piece. So enjoy: