Carl Frühling. Fantasie for flute and piano op. 55
Intense and passionate sweeping lines infused with melancholy are carefully balanced with playful, burbling passage-work. A highly welcome addition to the otherwise somewhat sparse Austro-Germanic Romantic flute repertoire. A virtuoso work in terms of tonal expression as well as of articulation and nimble finger-work.
Carl Frühling (28 November 1868 – 25 November 1937) was an Austrian composer and pianist.
Born in Lemberg (now Lviv, Ukraine) he attended the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde from 1887–1889 where he was taught the piano by Anton Door and music theory by Franz Krenn. He became a piano accompanist and teacher, working with Bronisław Huberman, Pablo de Sarasate, Egon Wellesz, and the Rosé Quartet. He died in Vienna in poverty.
His early piano works are salon pieces, while his Piano Quintet, Op. 30 and Clarinet Trio, Op. 40 are more substantial, written in the Romantic tradition. In 2009, his Piano Quintet was reprinted by Edition Silvertrust. Much of his music is lost or has yet to be uncovered. Cellist Steven Isserlis has championed his music, some of which he has rediscovered and performed.
First flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, he has always collaborated as first flute with the BBC National Orchestra of Walles and with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Born in Wales, he studied with Margaret Ogonovsky and William Bennett. He is currently a lecturer at The Hague Royal Conservatory. After his 1999 debut at the Royal Albert Hall he continued his solo career with the Phliharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Orchestra, the Concert Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Wales.
She regularly collaborates with her harpist sister Catherine Beynon and with the Nash Ensemble Skampa Quartet and Leopold String Trio; He has recorded for Hyperion, Metier and Octavia.