Revolution (Flute Concertos) | Warner 2564627678

Revolution (Flute Concertos)


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Label: Warner

Cat No: 2564627678

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 2nd March 2015



Widely recognised as the finest flautist performing on the world stage today, Emmanuel Pahud has joined forces with the Kammerorchester Basel, led by Giovanni Antonini, to record a programme of flute concertos by composers from the time of the French Revolution. The album, which brings together rarities by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Ignaz Pleyel, François Devienne and Luigi Gianella, reveals how the form and the instrument underwent their own musical revolution during this tumultuous period.

Pahud delves into the history and evolution of the flute in the second half of the 18th century, following the success of 'The Flute King', his 2012 album of music written for and by the Prussian king and gifted flautist-composer Frederick the Great. "Pahud is outstanding…A fascinating snap-shot of the mid-18th century Berlin court", BBC Music Magazine enthused.

Pahud now continues on this path from Frederick the Great to the French Revolution, capturing the drama and excitement of the political upheaval that surrounded what was a golden age in music, particularly for the flute. “For me, this album is about taking you on a journey via three decades of flute concertos surrounding the events of the famous storming of the Bastille in 1789, in what was a rapid transition from Gluck’s musical idiom, shaped by opera and the Baroque – his concerto here embodies Paris before the revolution – to the Romantic and revolutionary ideal that we hear in the music that follows”, Pahud explains.

In choosing to structure this album around these remarkable concertos, I had the great fortune of having Giovanni Antonini and the Kammerorchester Basel as partners – they defend this music with fighting spirit and a truly revolutionary fervour!”

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