Nielsen: Clarinet and Flute Concertos, Wind Quintet

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Concerto for Flute, FS 119
>Nielsen, Carl : Concerto for Clarinet, FS 129/Op. 57
>Nielsen, Carl : Quintet for Winds, Op. 43
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this EMI Classics album, Emmanuel Pahud fulfills a lifelong dream of recording the Nielsen Flute Concerto, accompanied of course by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker, of which he is the principal flute.

An all-star recording gives the rare opportunity to hear these Nielsen concertos on disc. 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).

BBC Music Magazine
... these are very fine performances, and the Quintet makes what should be the perfect coupling.

The Times
Pahud's musicianship is unassailable; and star power is star power



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Works Details

>Nielsen, Carl : Concerto for Flute, FS 119
  • Performer: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (06/01/2006-06/03/2006)
  • Running Time: 19 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1926

>Nielsen, Carl : Concerto for Clarinet, FS 129/Op. 57
  • Performer: Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (05/18/2006-05/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1928

>Nielsen, Carl : Quintet for Winds, Op. 43
  • Performers: Radek Baborák (French Horn); Stefan Schweigert (Bassoon); Jonathan Kelly (Oboe); Sabine Meyer (Clarinet); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1922