Pahud, Emmanuel

Revolution - Flute Concertos by Devienne, Gianella, Gluck & Pleyel

CD
10 Mar 2015

Barcode: 0825646276783

Composer: Devienne, Gianella, Gluck, Pleyel
Other participants: Kammerorchester Basel, Giovanni Antonini

Widely recognised as the finest flautist performing on the world stage today, Emmanuel Pahud has joined forces with the Kammerorchester Basel for his new album of flute concertos by composers from the time of the French Revolution, revealing how the form and the instrument underwent their own musical revolution during this tumultuous period.

For Revolution, Pahud delves once again into the history and evolution of the flute in the second half of the 18th century, following the success The Flute King, his 2012 album of music written for and by the Prussian king Frederick the Great, himself a gifted flautist-composer.

Pahud now continues on this path from the dawn of the Enlightenment 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. Pahud explains: “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.” This includes concertos by little-known composers François Devienne, Luigi Gianella and Ignaz Pleyel.

“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," adds Pahud. "They defend this music with fighting spirit and a truly revolutionary fervour!”

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Devienne: Flute Concerto No. 7 in E Minor: I. Allegro  - Emmanuel Pahud 
02 Devienne: Flute Concerto No. 7 in E Minor: II. Adagio  - Emmanuel Pahud 
03 Devienne: Flute Concerto No. 7 in E Minor: III. Rondo [Allegretto]  - Emmanuel Pahud 
04 Gianella: Flute Concerto No. 1 in D Minor: I. Allegro  - Emmanuel Pahud 
05 Gianella: Flute Concerto No. 1 in D Minor: II. Adagio  - Emmanuel Pahud 
06 Gianella: Flute Concerto No. 1 in D Minor: III. Allegro  - Emmanuel Pahud 
07 Gluck: Flute Concerto in G Major, Op. 4: I. Allegro  - Emmanuel Pahud 
08 Gluck: Flute Concerto in G Major, Op. 4: II. Adagio ma non troppo  - Emmanuel Pahud 
09 Gluck: Flute Concerto in G Major, Op. 4: III. Presto  - Emmanuel Pahud 
10 Pleyel: Flute Concerto in C Major, B. 106: I. Allegro  - Emmanuel Pahud 
11 Pleyel: Flute Concerto in C Major, B. 106: II. Adagio  - Emmanuel Pahud 
12 Pleyel: Flute Concerto in C Major, B. 106: III. Rondo [Allegro molto]  - Emmanuel Pahud 


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