American Record Guide

This set of light classics includes one disc devoted to composers of the British Isles plus Grainger. On this half I was pleased to discover a demanding transcription of La Calinda (Delius) by Eric Fenby and Howard Blake’s enchanting ‘Make Believe’ from a 1991 animated film. Flutists are likely to discover one or two new encores or reflective numbers that would suit a wedding or church service.

Kenneth Smith’s sound is ravishingly beautiful, and he always plays with accuracy and imagination. Paul Rhodes’s accompaniments are skillful, sensitive, and perfectly timed; he has been playing with Smith since 1986 and they have made many recordings together.

The booklet includes a few words about each selection plus information on publishers. The cover art, a close-up of light blue delphini­um flowers, is almost as lovely as the playing inside.

—Todd Gorman