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Chamber Music - Released November 4, 2016 | Warner Classics

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Chamber Music - Released March 2, 2015 | Warner Classics

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Flutist Emmanuel Pahud has a knack for bringing the 18th century alive, and with this quartet of flute concertos he attempts to follow up his successful earlier release The Flute King, which included flute concertos from the orbit of Prussia's King Frederick the Great. Even allowing for the fact that musical-social correspondences aren't always as easy to detect as when Beethoven dedicated his Symphony No. 3 to Napoleon and then retracted the dedication, this program is a bit more diffuse in its concept than the last one. Only two of the concertos, by Devienne and Gianella, actually date from the revolutionary period, and none of the four shows much impact of the big operatic style of Spontini that influenced Beethoven and other composers. Pahud in a note sets out the Flute Concerto in G major by (probably) Gluck as a representative of the ancien régime, but if anything with its sensuous slow movement it seems strikingly modern. None of this is to say that the individual pieces, all (even the disputed Gluck work) pretty much unknown, aren't a lot of fun. Jean-Pierre Rampal used to play several of these works in concert, and Pahud seems to have set his mind on being Rampal's successor. That's a worthy aim, and with the confident virtuosity and fine breath control in big lines he seems well on his way to achieving the goal. Check out especially the Flute Concerto No. 7 in E minor by François Devienne, known in his time as the French Mozart; the lively, alert accompaniment by the Kammerorchester Basel under Giovanni Antonini is a major enhancement to Pahud's work here. A worthwhile flute release reminiscent of the Rampal classics.
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Classical - Released October 7, 2013 | Warner Classics International

Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
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Concertos - Released January 11, 2013 | Musiques Suisses

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released October 7, 2013 | Warner Classics International

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Chamber Music - Released May 4, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released March 6, 2006 | Warner Classics

The era of extreme Vivaldi is upon us. Swiss-German flutist Emmanuel Pahud is the principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. That used to be a reliable indicator of a fairly conservative performance, but not these days -- Pahud teams up with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and its iconoclastic director Richard Tognetti for a disc of eight Vivaldi flute concertos (some of them originally for recorder or other instruments) that will keep you running for the volume button on the remote control. The performances are unusual ones in many ways, one being the prominent role taken by the orchestra; the Australian group emerges as something of an equal partner with Pahud, not always phrasing material as he does, and drawing out effects in the several programmatic concertos included here to their maximum dimensions. The results are not really idiomatic to Vivaldi, but they do hold the listener's attention. The performance of the opening Flute concerto in F major, Op. 10, No. 1, RV 433, consists of a constant series of careening crescendos and decrescendos -- Vivaldi as Mannheim court composer, perhaps. Admittedly, it is a storm at sea that is being represented here, but the performance does not end up being coherent. In the two galant, mid-century-type concertos at the end of the disc, the dynamic extremes are more justifiable, but the opening movement of the Concerto in D major, RV 429, is jittery and driven rather than graceful. Reactions to subjective performances like these will be subjective themselves, and the performances cannot be faulted technically. Pahud brings an effortless virtuosity to Vivaldi that until now has been the province mostly of violinists. Still, extensive sampling is advised even for those who have enjoyed the work of these performers in the past.
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Classical - Released March 24, 2014 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released October 4, 2002 | Warner Classics

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Chamber Music - Released November 4, 2016 | Warner Classics

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One of the more puzzling remarks about the music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach came from Mozart, who said that anyone who listened closely would realize his debt to the German composer. That seemed unlikely, given that Mozart only rarely availed himself of the Sturm und Drang ("storm and stress") style of C.P.E.'s keyboard music. But listen to this release by flutist Emmanuel Pahud and you'll get an idea of what Mozart was talking about. It's not just that the flute concertos are basically galant in style, not Sturm und Drang. It's a certain nervous energy that makes the flute bloom rapidly out of squarish themes and keeps you guessing as to what's coming next. Pahud has previously recorded music by C.P.E. and others in the orbit of the so-called "Flute King," Frederick the Great of Prussia, and he gives this music an immediacy that avoids cuteness, aided by sharp work from the Kammerakademie Potsdam under veteran historical-instrument conductor Trevor Pinnock. Pahud himself uses a modern flute, which works in this case: the athletic, but not showy, quality of C.P.E. Bach's flute writing in the outer movements lends itself well to the modern instrument. Sample the first movement of the Concerto in G major for flute and orchestra, Wq 169, whose writing has some similarities to Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313. This is a crackling, energetic recording of music that until now hasn't really received its due.
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Classical - Released January 15, 2001 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 1, 2000 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released February 8, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released September 10, 2012 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released January 31, 2014 | Musiques Suisses

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Classical - Released April 30, 2012 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released July 4, 2005 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | naïve classique

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Chamber Music - Released May 4, 2018 | Warner Classics

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