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The Swiss flutist Emmanuel Pahud has not shied away from going afield of conventional repertory over his career, playing a good deal of new music and even venturing into jazz. Yet perhaps nothing he has recorded thus far equals this album, his first on the Warner Classics label, which took over EMI's roster, for sheer daring. The album graphics do not really convey what's happening here. Yes, the 12 Fantasias for solo flute of Georg Philipp Telemann are included in full, but they're not played sequentially (which historically is probably fine). Instead, they alternate with other works, from the 20th and 21st centuries. The most famous modern flute piece, Debussy's Syrinx, is not included, but in a sense, all the other works are its descendant: the program begins just four years later, with the Sonata Appassionata, Op. 140, of Sigfrid Karg-Elert, and as annotator Denis Verroust points out, it was Syrinx that touched off what has become a full-scale revival of solo flute music. Pahud attempts to pair the Telemann sonatas with modern works that seem to reflect them. He has varying degrees of success here, but the sheer variety of the repertory he touches on is impressive, and so is the way he defamiliarizes the Telemann fantasias and gets you to pay attention to something other than the tonality. Some of the works use extended technique, but most do not, and a work like Estländler (2006) of Arvo Pärt makes a gentle, oblique connection to the fantasias that surround it. Two-plus hours of solo flute music is a lot, and Pahud, instead of choosing to conclude with something like the Pärt, throws a new Baroque element, a big set of variations by Marin Marais, into the mix. You might feel this is a bit much and yet admire the demands Pahud is making on the listener. About Warner Classics' SWR studio sound there can be little debate: it's superb, and it draws the listener strongly into what Pahud is doing.

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Air (Töru Takemitsu)

1
Air
00:06:51

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Toru Takemitsu, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Fantasia No. 1 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

2
Fantasia for Flute in A Major, TWV 40:2
00:03:00

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Sonata appassionata, Op. 140 (Sigfrid Karg-Elert)

3
Sonata Appassionata, Op. 140
00:04:54

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Fantasia No. 2 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

4
Fantasia for Flute in A Minor, TWV 40:3
00:04:50

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Petite Suite (Jörg Widmann)

5
Petite Suite
00:06:10

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute, MainArtist - Jörg Widmann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Fantasia No. 3 in B Minor, TWV 40:4 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

6
Fantasia for Flute in B Minor, TWV 40:4
00:04:14

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Voice (Töru Takemitsu)

7
Voice
00:06:33

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Toru Takemitsu, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Fantasia No. 4 in B-Flat Major, TWV 40:5 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

8
Fantasia for Flute in B-Flat Major, TWV 40:5
00:04:50

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Second Thoughts (Robert Helps)

9
Second Thoughts
00:05:31

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Robert Helps, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Fantasia No. 5 in C Major, TWV 40:6 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

10
Fantasia for Flute in C Major, TWV 40:6
00:05:31

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Danse de la chèvre, H. 39 (Arthur Honegger)

11
Danse de la chèvre, H. 39
00:03:55

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Arthur Honegger, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Fantasia No. 6 in D Minor, TWV 40:7 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

12
Fantasia for Flute in D Minor, TWV 40:7
00:05:27

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Beyond (a system of passing) (Matthias Pintscher)

13
Beyond (a system of passing)
00:12:24

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Mathias Pintscher, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Trois pièces pour flûte (Pierre-Octave Ferroud)

14
I. Bergère captive
00:02:53

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Pierre-Octave Ferroud, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Fantasia No. 7 in D Major, TWV 40:8 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

15
Fantasia for Flute in D Major, TWV 40:8
00:06:02

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Trois pièces pour flûte (Pierre-Octave Ferroud)

16
II. Jade
00:02:09

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Pierre-Octave Ferroud, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Fantasia No. 8 in E Minor, TWV 40:9 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

17
Fantasia for Flute in E Minor, TWV 40:9
00:04:32

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

The Children Are Playing (Carl Nielsen)

18
The Children Are Playing
00:02:24

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Carl Nielsen, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Fantasia No. 9 in E Major, TWV 40:10 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

19
Fantasia for Flute in E Major, TWV 40:10
00:07:06

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Trois pièces pour flûte (Pierre-Octave Ferroud)

20
III. Toan-Yan (La Fête du Double Cinq)
00:04:50

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Pierre-Octave Ferroud, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Fantasia No. 10 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

21
Fantasia for Flute in F-Sharp Minor, TWV 40:11
00:05:35

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Sequenza I (Luciano Berio)

22
Sequenza I
00:06:33

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Luciano Berio, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Fantasia No. 11 in G Major, TWV 40:12 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

23
Fantasia for Flute in G Major, TWV 40:12
00:03:48

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Estländler (Arvo Pärt)

24
Estländler
00:01:36

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Toru Takemitsu, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Fantasia No. 12 in G Minor, TWV 40:13 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

25
Fantasia for Flute in G Minor, TWV 40:13
00:05:41

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Density 21.5 (Edgar Varèse)

26
Density 21.5
00:04:01

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Edgard Varese, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Les Folies d'Espagne (Marin Marais)

27
Les Folies d'Espagne (Arr. Schmitz)
00:15:13

Emmanuel Pahud, Flute - Marin Marais, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album review

The Swiss flutist Emmanuel Pahud has not shied away from going afield of conventional repertory over his career, playing a good deal of new music and even venturing into jazz. Yet perhaps nothing he has recorded thus far equals this album, his first on the Warner Classics label, which took over EMI's roster, for sheer daring. The album graphics do not really convey what's happening here. Yes, the 12 Fantasias for solo flute of Georg Philipp Telemann are included in full, but they're not played sequentially (which historically is probably fine). Instead, they alternate with other works, from the 20th and 21st centuries. The most famous modern flute piece, Debussy's Syrinx, is not included, but in a sense, all the other works are its descendant: the program begins just four years later, with the Sonata Appassionata, Op. 140, of Sigfrid Karg-Elert, and as annotator Denis Verroust points out, it was Syrinx that touched off what has become a full-scale revival of solo flute music. Pahud attempts to pair the Telemann sonatas with modern works that seem to reflect them. He has varying degrees of success here, but the sheer variety of the repertory he touches on is impressive, and so is the way he defamiliarizes the Telemann fantasias and gets you to pay attention to something other than the tonality. Some of the works use extended technique, but most do not, and a work like Estländler (2006) of Arvo Pärt makes a gentle, oblique connection to the fantasias that surround it. Two-plus hours of solo flute music is a lot, and Pahud, instead of choosing to conclude with something like the Pärt, throws a new Baroque element, a big set of variations by Marin Marais, into the mix. You might feel this is a bit much and yet admire the demands Pahud is making on the listener. About Warner Classics' SWR studio sound there can be little debate: it's superb, and it draws the listener strongly into what Pahud is doing.

© TiVo

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