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Revolution: Flute Concertos by Devienne, Gluck, Pleyel & Gianella / Emmanuel Pahud, flute; Basel CO; Antonini

Album Summary

>Devienne, François : Concerto for Flute no 7 in E minor
>Gianella, Luigi : Concerto for Flute no 1 in D minor
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Concerto for flute in G major (spurious; arr by Scherchen)
>Pleyel, Ignaz Joseph : Concerto for clarinet (or flute or cello) & orchestra in C major, B. 106
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Widely recognized 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 program of music by composers from the time of the French Revolution. The album, which brings together flute concertos by François Devienne, Luigi Gianella, Christoph Willibald Gluck and Ignaz Pleyel, reveals how rapidly the form evolved during this tumultuous period. Revolution follows the huge success of The Flute King and Around the World. The last years of the 18th century were not only a time of huge political upheaval across Europe but also a golden age of compositions for the flute, with the arrival in Paris of many foreign musicians, the rise of the phenomenon of the virtuoso and of public concerts attracting audiences from different social strata, the influences of the Enlightenment and of the Mannheim School and the newly-founded Paris Conservatoire serving as crucibles for creativity.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2015
[Pahud's] sound is by turns silvery as a coloratura soprano, dusky as a dramatic contralto... there is suave and polished playing, too, by the Basel Chamber Orchestra under Giovanni Antonini who shapes the music's contours and highlights the pulsating rhythms, surging climaxes and driving energy that enhance its insurgent spirit.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
[The Devienne is] played with a joyful verve that... closely resembles Pahud's teacher Alain Marion... a most attractive disc and thoughtfully presented, too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Landgasthof Riehen, Switzerland (07/17/2014-07/19/2014).



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>Devienne, François : Concerto for Flute no 7 in E minor
  • Performer: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
  • Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
  • Ensemble: Kammerorchester Basel
  • Notes: Landgasthof Riehen, Switzerland (07/17/2014-07/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1787

>Gianella, Luigi : Concerto for Flute no 1 in D minor
  • Performer: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
  • Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
  • Notes: Landgasthof Riehen, Switzerland (07/17/2014-07/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Concerto for flute in G major (spurious; arr by Scherchen)
  • Performer: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
  • Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
  • Notes: Landgasthof Riehen, Switzerland (07/17/2014-07/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Pleyel, Ignaz Joseph : Concerto for clarinet (or flute or cello) & orchestra in C major, B. 106
  • Performer: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
  • Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
  • Notes: Landgasthof Riehen, Switzerland (07/17/2014-07/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto