Franz Doppler

Fantasie for flute & orchestra ("Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise"), Op. 26

    Description by James Reel

    Although born in Poland and spending the early part of his prodigal flute-performing career in Vienna (he made his debut there at age 13), Franz Doppler ultimately settled in Pest to play in theater orchestras, and developed a keen ear for Hungarian music. His Hungarian Pastoral Fantasy uses the slow-fast verbunkos form that Liszt employed in his Hungarian Rhapsodies, although in Doppler's work there's a transitional section separating the slow lassu and fast friss movements.

    The fantasy begins with a gloomy, falling motif in the accompaniment (it sounds especially Lisztian in the piano version). Soon the flute enters with a modal, improvisatory melody ranging gradually all over the staff, twisting through many ornamental turns along the way. A second statement begins to vary this material, but instead of producing full variations, Doppler creates rhapsodic metamorphoses of various portions of the melodies. There's even what amounts to a brief cadenza before the theme reverts to something resembling its original, though more ornamented, form before moving along to a rhapsodic section close.

    With a theatrical, somewhat march-like buildup, the accompaniment paves the way for a more animated, major-mode flute melody. This is more conventional, salon-style writing, although the end of the first main phrase does take a Magyar turn reminiscent of a phrase-ending early in Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. Again, the flute pursues a course of free elaborations on this melody, with increasing ornamentation growing into full-fledged passagework, and another tiny cadenza in the middle of it all.

    A third section emerges from this, with a much stronger Hungarian flavor, fast to begin with and gaining speed seemingly with every bar. Again, Doppler spins off free variations on this material, again with the tiniest of cadenzas before a grand yet concise finale.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 RecArt / RecArt RECART 0027
    2018 Capriccio Records C 5301
    2017 Centaur Records CRC 3526
    2017 Capriccio Records C 5298
    2017 Hänssler Classic HC 16087
    2016 Genuin GEN 16421
    2015 Genuin GEN 15334
    2015 Bella Musica BM 312463
    2015 Erato 0825646190423
    2010 Divine Art 21371
    2010 Cedille Records 90000121
    2010 Capriccio Records 7052
    2008 Thorofon Classics / Zebralution
    2007 Naxos 8570378
    2005 Pavane 7457
    2005 Analekta 29819
    2004 Camerata Records 28004
    2003 Pearl 206
    2002 BIS 1239
    2002 Nosag Records 074
    2001 Tudor Records 756
    2001 RCA 63807
    2001 Gallo 1054
    2001 Dutton Laboratories 7041
    2000 Gallo 996
    2000 Datum 80010
    1999 RCA 63432
    1999 Capriccio Records 10831
    1999 Camerata Records 30CM519
    1998 Berlin Classics 0092 982BC
    1997 Orfeo 154971
    1997 RCA 60924
    1997 Camerata Records 30CM338
    1995 Gallo 810
    1995 BIS 166
    1994 ASV 6122
    1994 ESS.A.Y. 1027
    1993 ASV/Living Era 652
    1992 BIS 145/46
    1988 CBS Records / Sony Classical 34559
    RCA 63437
    Koch Schwann 313132
    Ulrike H. Anton
    Fonit-Cetra Italia 2021
    King 67
    Cantilena Records
    Titanic 191
    ABC Classics 4763660
    Pearl GEMMCD9284