Pahud, Emmanuel

Nielsen: Clarinet & Flute Concertos, Wind Quintet

CD
10 Sep 2007

Barcode: 0094639442126

Composer: Carl Nielsen
Other participants: Sabine Meyer · Emmanuel Pahud · Bläserensemble Sabine Meyer · Berliner Philharmoniker · Simon Rattle

It was always Emmanuel Pahud’s dream to record the Nielsen flute concerto, so when it came to the recording, the orchestra had to be the BPO under Rattle of which he is the principal flute. Sabine Meyer, herself also a former member of the BPO and “primadonna assoluta of the clarinet”, was the natural choice to partner with him on the disc.

Critical acclaim for their previous live performances of Nielsen: “Nielsen triumphs thanks to Sabine Meyer” (Tribune de Genéve), “The flautist Emmanuel Pahud joined Mr. Harding and company for a beautifully shaped and sometimes dramatic performance of the Nielsen Flute Concerto” (New York Times).

Nielsen’s wind quintet brings together not only the two soloists, but the rest of the ensemble here consisting of members of the Bläserensemble Sabine Meyer and the BPO.

The quintet is also the piece which binds the repertoire of the disc together: Nielsen was inspired to compose a wind quintet after hearing a performance by the Copenhagen Wind Quintet in 1921. Nielsen also intended to compose a concerto for each of the instruments of the wind quintet. However, at his death, he had completed only two; the flute and the clarinet concerto. The composer and musicologist Robert Simpson wrote: "It is more than arguable that his Wind Quintet is the subtlest and finest ever written, that the Flute Concerto is much the best there is, and that the Clarinet Concerto is the greatest since Mozart. Nielsen shows great imagination and ingenuity in conjuring a surprising variety of sonorities and blends from the wind quintet; few would suppose from this work that one of the chief difficulties of this combination is the fact that the five instruments do not blend."

The concertos are both gritty and experimental, with the solo instruments sometimes fighting the orchestra. They form an exciting contrast with the wind quintet with is softer and gentler in character.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 I - Allegro moderato: Flute Concerto  - Emmanuel Pahud/Sir Simon Rattle/Berliner Philharmo 
02 II - Allegretto: Flute Concerto  - Emmanuel Pahud/Sir Simon Rattle/Berliner Philharmo 
03 Allegretto un poco: Clarinet Concerto  - Sabine Meyer/Sir Simon Rattle/Berliner Philharmoni 
04 Poco adagio: Clarinet Concerto  - Sabine Meyer/Sir Simon Rattle/Berliner Philharmoni 
05 Allegro non troppo: Clarinet Concerto  - Sabine Meyer/Sir Simon Rattle/Berliner Philharmoni 
06 Allegro vivace: Clarinet Concerto  - Sabine Meyer/Sir Simon Rattle/Berliner Philharmoni 
07 Allegro ben moderato: Wind Quintet in A major, Op.43  - Emmanuel Pahud/Sabine Meyer/Jonathan Kelly/Stefan 
08 Menuet: Wind Quintet in A major, Op.43  - Emmanuel Pahud/Sabine Meyer/Jonathan Kelly/Stefan 
09 Praeludium: Adagio: Wind Quintet in A major, Op.43  - Emmanuel Pahud/Sabine Meyer/Jonathan Kelly/Stefan 
10 Tema con variazioni: un poco andantino: Wind Quintet in A major, Op.43  - Emmanuel Pahud/Sabine Meyer/Jonathan Kelly/Stefan 


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