August 2014 Convention
Chicago, IL

The Flutists of the L.A. Phil

Catherine Ransom Karoly

What a pleasure it was to hear the outstanding flute section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing standard quartet and solo literature at this recital. I was thrilled to hear their performance of Bozza’s Jour d’été à la montagne: the intonation and ensemble was impeccable, and the speeds in the last movement were astounding. Each member of the section then took turns as soloist, with Catherine Ransom Karoly performing Henri Dutilleux’s Sonatine, Sarah Jackson performing Taffanel’s Andante Pastoral and Scherzettino on piccolo (!), Julien Beaudiment performing Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis, and Elise Shope performing Fantasie by Georges Hüe. These solo performances were followed by Julien Beaudiment and Catherine Ransom Karoly performing Doppler’s Andante and Rondo, Op. 25. The final piece, Rié Schmidt’s quartet arrangement of Samuel Barber’s Adagio (for strings), featured Beaudiment on bass flute and Ransom Karoly on alto flute. These fine performers, along with pianist Stephen Pierce, were given a standing ovation.

Elise Shope, Catherine Ransom Karoly, Stephen Pierce, Sarah Jackson, and Julien Beaudiment

—(Timothy Hagen); Phyllis Louke

photos by Phyllis Louke and Brian Covington