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|Emmanuel Pahud, Georg Philipp Telemann, Rainer Kussmaul|
Telemann: Flute Concertos; Emmanuel Pahud
This is a delightful record. Telemann, one of the most prolific composers of all time, wrote music that is technically masterful, endlessly inventive, full of surprises, emotionally mercurial, and continuously engaging. In... more »
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This is a delightful record. Telemann, one of the most prolific composers of all time, wrote music that is technically masterful, endlessly inventive, full of surprises, emotionally mercurial, and continuously engaging. In these five concertos, composed over two decades, the solo flutist is often joined by one or more soloists from the ranks of the orchestra, who, as in Telemann's day, are all fully equal to the task. This results in a wide variety of combinations and colors, illustrating Telemann's skill in displaying each instrument at its best, so as to "give the player joy, the listener pleasure," as he himself put it. These performances certainly radiate infectious enjoyment. The concertos all follow the traditional form, alternating four slow and fast movements, but are infinitely diverse in tonality, texture, mood, and character. There are carefree, sprightly, playful, elegant dances, humorous imitation games, brilliant passage-work and cadenzas, startling chromaticisms, and deeply expressive melodies that beguile the ear and touch the heart. The first movement of the opening Concerto is so reminiscent of a Bach Arioso that one of the two composers must have "borrowed" it from the other. The playing is superb in a modified period-style: the pitch is normal; the sound wonderfully pure, but rich and full; tempi are designed to invite both virtuosity and leisurely enjoyment of musical and expressive details. Pahud uses a narrow, restrained vibrato that underlines the flawless beauty of his tone. The other players, all like him present or past principals of the Berlin Philharmonic, match him in the perfection of their intonation, phrasing, and ensemble. --Edith Eisler
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Artiste | Minneapolis, MN USA | 06/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll leave the musical analysis to others here, but this is one of the most charming and lovely flute recordings I've come across. Pahud has the right felicitous touch for this charming---there's no other word for it---music from the prolific G.P. Telemann. I've listened to it many times and never tire of it. Really. It's terrific."
Bruce Kendall | Southern Pines, NC | 07/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every recording I've heard from the EMI catalogue featuring Pahud and whatever orchestra he's accompanying has been splendid. He must have a great sense about whom to team up with and when. I really have to hand it to him and to his agent. This recording is no exception. Sublime interchange between composer, orchestra and soloist! Maestro Vivaldi lives on mainly in the vaults of Venice churches, where you have to travel to to appreciate the true quality of his music...It truly reverberates only in those ancient, richly adorned tempples.
The CD builds, fresco by fresco.. Starting with the Adagio driven G Major Flute , then travelling rather quickly to the Vivace second movement. The entire CD tends to be a study in that sort of contrast, which is one of the reasons that no matter in what venue we are listening to Vivaldi, he always mangaes to keep us alert! He was one of the first composers to engage in that sort of dimminuendo,zzzzzzzzzzzz.
Quiet you down to the stage that you're ready to nod off and then set a fire cracker off near your right ear!
Maybe not that bad, but I think Beethoven got a lot of his ideas in contrasting modes from first Vivaldi, then Mozart. It's just my own little theory, and I'm definitely no music maven, so just chalk it up to UFO theory type conjecture.
Don't let any of that dissuade you from purchasing this CD, however. It's clear, distinct, exceptionally executed! I can't detect a flaw in the ointment! 5 stars, no debate!
Ross Kennett | Narooma, NSW Australia | 11/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Telemann: Flute Concertos; Emmanuel Pahud
Let me suggest that you should first read the editorial review by Edith Eister above, I agree with all she says. This is an excellent performance by Emmanuel Pahud, and the other soloists, with the Berliner Barock Solisten, of some of the works for flute by the prolific Georg Philipp Telemann. The Berliner Barock Solisten is made up of leading members of the Berlin Philamonic, here they employ a mix of period and modern instruments, essentially all the strings are period instruments with gut strings, and the wind solo instruments, flutes and oboe d'amore, are modern. While I would generally prefer a period performance, this mix works very well indeed, thanks to the level of skill of soloists and orchestra. The balance between soloists is excellent, and the rapport between soloists is palpable.
Two of the concertos we hear on this CD are premier recordings, and two are well known; the concerto for flute, violin, cello, strings and continuo is from Telemann's well known Tafel Musique, and the superb concerto for flute, oboe d'amore, viola d'amore, strings and continuo.
The sound quality is first class, as are the informative cover notes.
Pahud has established a fine reputation as a flautist in baroque, classical and romantic music, and can be regarded as successor to Rampal.
This is an excellent performance, highly recommended, I have no hesitation in giving it 5 stars."