Albert Fransella Alfred Fransella (1865–1935) was born in the Netherlands and came to England at the age of nineteen. He became the leading player in the country, replacing Oluf Svendsen when he retired as first flute in the Crystal Palace Orchestra (at the time the only full- time symphony orchestra in London) before he was invited to become first flute in Henry Wood’s newly-founded Queen’s Hall Orchestra. Fransella had the distinction of being a soloist at the first Henry Wood Promenade concert on 10 August 1895, playing two movements from the Suite by Godard.
Christopher Steward’s early flute recordings
The Godard Waltz was clearly a favourite piece of Fransella’s, since he recorded it no fewer than four times for different companies. This version was made in 1907.
Photograph of Albert Fransella from the collection of Robert Bigio
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