Nicknamed "The Paganini of piccolo" by his teacher Jean-Pierre Rampal, Jean-Louis Beaumadier is now reknown as one of the best piccolo player in the world. Searching for a long time to promote his instrument as a solo instrument, he has developped the piccolo repertoire, asking composers for new works (his recording collection World Piccolo) as well as playing ancient works like in this new album.
In this quite rarely performed end 19th century repertoire, many pieces of genre and fantasies on famous opera themes, so seducing and delightful, asking for virtuosity, sincerity, humour and sense of colour, that Jean-Louis Beaumadier and his partners expresses naturally. These pieces also introduce the listeners in a musical atmosphere quite far from the usual cliché of european post romantic mood, showing the diversity of music tendencies at that time.
CIARDI - ANDERSEN - HUGUES - DONJON - SILVA - CALLADO - REICHERT - RABBONI