Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Top Flute Orchestral Excerpts on youtube today

Dear Flutists,

For those flutists thinking about upcoming orchestral auditions in 2011, and starting to study the orchestral excerpts for flute and piccolo now, here's a list of video-links of famous orchestral works with famous flutists playing them. This list, comments and timings has been researched and kindly sent to me by Jerrold Pritchard. Wonderful to have to hand.

And if anyone out there needs the sheetmusic see books of flute orchestral excerpts. I've listed lots of orch-ex books, printable CD sheetmusic of full flute parts there.

(Not like the old days when we just had a pile of dogeared orch-ex books as shown above, and perhaps a record with skips in it from dropping the needle.)

(Oh, er, and if you don't know what I'm talking about, you were born after 1980. hahhahahaa!)

Best and enjoy these handy links below, and enjoy this NEW video of Denis Bouriakov playing J.S. Bach's St. Matthew's Passion:

YouTube links to Famous Orchestral Excerpts for Flute

Debussy’s Apres Midi d’un Faune

NKH Symphony conducted by Kimbo Ishii Eto

London Symphony in 2007 conducted by Valery Gergiev with Lorna McGhee, flute

London Symphony in 1972 Stokowski conducting (Peter Lloyd, flute?)

Maxience Larrieu, flute (Orchestra not identified)

Ensemble de l'Orquestra de Cadaqués Dir. Vasily Petrenko (Chamber ensemble version, with flutist Julia Gallego playing a wooden flute)

Juliette Hurel ( flute & piano)

Brad Garner (flute & piano)

Ravel Daphnis et Chloe, Part II opening

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons, conductor. Flutist Henrik Wiese Orchestra Orchestre National de Lille, Jean-Claude Casadesus, conductor.

Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra Gustavo Dudamel conducting

NHK Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy

Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe, Part II, Pantomime Solo:

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons, conductor. Flutist Henrik Wiese (solo at 7 :16)

NHK Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy (Solo at 1:52)

Berlin Philharmonic with Emanuel Pahud, flute

Philadelphia Orchestra with Jeffrey Khaner, flute (starts at solo)

Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra - Gustavo Dudamel conductor (flute solo at: 7:26)

Orchestra del Teatro Carlo - Felice di Genova conductor, with Francesco Loi (starts at solo)

Adan Provencio playing for Walfrid Kujala in Masterclass at CSU Fresno in 2008

Brahms 4th Symphony, 4th movement

Bavarian State Orchestra conducted by Carlos Kleiber with Henrik Wiese, flute (solo at 2:24)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Juri Lebedev (solo at 2:40)

Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert Von Karajan (flute solo at 2:37)

Istambul Symphony with Bulent Evcil, flute (Starts at solo)

Mendelssohn Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream (Flute solo starts around 3:00 into recording with most versions)

Cleveland Symphony Orchestra - conductor: George Szell - w. Maurice Sharp, flute (Fast and clean!) (Solo at 3:30 * see sample below this box)

Chicago Symphony, James Levine Conducting.

Orchestra of the Enlightenment: (a very funny, dramatized version with period instruments)

Slower versions:
Version 1(solo at 4:35)- source undeclared

Version 2 (solo at 4:00)source undeclared Beautifully done at a moderate tempo

Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Yehudi Menuhin

Ted Anton’s unaccompanied audition recording for college auditions:

Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra Conducted by Alexander Shelley

Sample mp3: Maurice Sharp plays Midsummer's by Mendelssohn

Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3, op. 72b (flute solo starts at beginning):

Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf

Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Claudio Abbado ( Flute solo at 3:40)

Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy (narrated by David Bowie)

New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein (Flute Solo at 4:20)

Ochechtra Accademia delle Opera conducted by Diego Montrone ( Solo at 5:36)

Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis

Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Paul Hindemith in 1955 (very flexible tempos. Flute solo at 2:50)

Chicago Symphony 1953 Conductor;Rafael Kubelik (Beautifully done. Julius Baker? *Listen to sample below*) (flute solo at 2:30)

Rancho Bernardo (California) High School Orchestra.

Sample mp3: Julius Baker (possibly) playing Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis flute solo on mp3.


Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony, 3rd Movement, piccolo solos

Chicago Symphony Conducted by Daniel Barenboim in 1997. Walfrid Kujala, piccolo (solos at 1:50)

San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson-Thomas. Catherine Payne, piccolo (Solos at: 1:45, 2:30 and (Note the wonderful smile of pure joy on her face after she finishes. Brilliantly done!)

CSMA symphony orchestra. Juan Luis Martinez


Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony, 4th Movement, piccolo solos

Chicago Symphony Conducted by Daniel Barenboim in 1997. Walfrid Kujala, piccolo

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev

Leningrad Philharmonic - Conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky

The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSA conducted by Evgeny Svetlanov, 1985 (A crazy, mad, fast tempo!)


Shostakovich Symphony No. 7, 1st movement piccolo solos

Leonard Bernstein conducting Chicago Symphony with Walfrid Kujala, piccolo (solo at 5:46* sample below)

Unknown orchestra: Faster tempo: piccolo solo at 4:25

Sample mp3 of solo only. Shostakovitch 7 - Walfrid Kujala

Comments are entirely welcome. I'd love to get an idea of which are your personal favourites, and which inspire you back to the music stand. :>)

Any good ones that we've missed?
Let me know.
So fun to have all these video links in one place, and thanks again to Jerrold for sending them.
Best, Jen
Comments (4)
Anonymous Liane said...

fantastic, thanks!

Saturday, October 02, 2010 9:01:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this! What a great resource!

Friday, November 05, 2010 6:49:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

I'll pass these thanks on to Jerry who compiled them. It's great to have flutey friends! Best, J.

Friday, November 05, 2010 8:52:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3

Thanks so much for posting this!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 8:18:00 AM


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