LISA GARNER SANTA
RÊVER EN COULEURSFrench Music for Flute and Piano
Georges Bizet, Johannes Donjon, Gabriel Fauré, Philippe Gaubert, Benjamin Godard, Georges Huë, Camille Saint-Saëns, Paul Taffenel
LISA GARNER SANTA, flute
GABRIEL SANCHEZ, piano
"American flutist Lisa Garner Santa, capably assisted by pianist Gabriel Sanchez, makes a splendid impression with a French program aptly entitled Rêver en Couleurs (To Dream in Colors). This luminously beautiful recital captures the essential qualities of the “French Flute School” whose roots go back to the tenure of Paul Taffanel as professor of flute at the Paris Conservatory from 1893 to 1908. What a glorious tradition that is, you may gather from the abundance of riches in this program... Lisa Garner Santa plays with a style that does full justice to the wonderful music heard on this disc. Her breath control is superb as she shapes the long melodic contours of the Moderato section of Gaubert's Fantaisie (1920), and she betrays not the least trace of breathiness in the graceful manner in which she trails off the gently melancholy ending phrase of Godard's Idylle (1890). She invests Hué's Fantaisie (1893) with all the delicate color that the composer intended. This is indeed flute playing of a higher order."
Phil Music, Audio Club of Atlanta [ August 2009 ]
"I am quite taken [with this disc]...It is all magnificent music, played with finesse. The flutist has the kind of tone I prefer - rich, colorful, perfectly in control, and always in tune. Her phrasing is all well-shaped and thoughtful, just what this elegant music deserves. Sanchez is an equal partner. [Garner Santa] is a truly remarkable artist with dazzling musical ability. Flutists and non-flutists alike should find this wonderful disc. I look forward to hearing more from this duo."
American Record Guide [ May / June 2008 ]
"gorgeous - flat-out gorgeous...a true artist."
Dan Welcher, Composer
PROGRAM NOTESLisa Garner Santa enjoys a diverse career as teacher, recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. Performance highlights include the world premiere of Mike Mower’s Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble and a Carnegie Hall recital featuring chamber works for flute. Santa is an active member of the National Flute Association, and has been a featured performer at numerous conventions, served as adjudicator and coordinator for many NFA events and competitions, held membership on the executive committee, and contributed prominently as NFA Program Chair for the 2011 convention. As a pedagogue, Santa presents performances and master classes throughout the United States and abroad, including exchanges at the Royal College of Music in London, Victoria University in New Zealand, and Peking University in China. She also regularly presents and performs on the faculty of The Panoramic Flutist Symposium in Boulder, Colorado. Currently Artist-Performer and Associate Professor of Flute at Texas Tech University, she is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, most notably TTU’s President’s Excellence in Teaching award. She is also the featured flute specialist on MusicProfessor.com. Santa is passionate about exploring the links between music performance and pedagogy and Yogic philosophy and practice. As an experienced professional level yoga instructor, she currently teaches the core curriculum course Yoga and the Creative Arts: Philosophy and Practice for the TTU College of Visual and Performing Arts. Santa holds degrees from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (DMA), Florida State University (MM), and West Texas State University, (BM). [ www.lisagarnersanta.com ]
IDYLL from Suite de Trois Morceaux, Op.115
ANDANTE PASTORAL ET SCHERZETTINO (1907)
ADAGIO ET VARIATIONS sur l’opéra Airs de Ballet de Ascanio (1890)
MENUET from L’arlésienne, Suite No.2 (1872)
FANTAISIE, Op.79 (1898)
MORCEAU DE CONCOUR (1898)