Nielsen: Clarinet & Flute Concertos, Wind Quintet

Nielsen: Clarinet & Flute Concertos, Wind Quintet

by Sabine Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud
     
 
While not for everyone -- those who think modernist music should be painful and pessimistic need not apply -- this disc coupling Carl Nielsen's Flute Concerto and Clarinet Concerto along with his Wind Quintet will appeal to fans of the Danish composer's unique brand of optimistic modernism. As superlatively played by flutist Emmanuel Pahud and clarinetist Sabine Meyer

Overview

While not for everyone -- those who think modernist music should be painful and pessimistic need not apply -- this disc coupling Carl Nielsen's Flute Concerto and Clarinet Concerto along with his Wind Quintet will appeal to fans of the Danish composer's unique brand of optimistic modernism. As superlatively played by flutist Emmanuel Pahud and clarinetist Sabine Meyer with Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Concertos and with three principals from the orchestra in Quintet, these performances are light, lyrical and lovely with sprightly tempos, radiant textures and an unbeatable feeling for ensemble. Faced with competition from nearly every great flutist of the last 50 years, Pahud makes the Flute Concerto very much his own with his warm tone, sparkling technique and cogent interpretation. Meyer, surely one of the great clarinetist of the last 50 years, plays the Clarinet Concerto with an elegant tone, an effortless technique and the kind of artless control that makes her performances absolutely irresistible. With the ever-alert Rattle and the always superb Berlin Orchestra, Pahud and Meyer turn in extraordinary performances of the Concertos. And with bassoonist Stefan Schweigert, oboist Jonathan Kelly and hornist Radek Baborák, Pahud and Meyer together turn in a jovial performance of the Quintet. EMI's digital sound is clear, warm and detailed.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
While not for everyone -- those who think modernist music should be painful and pessimistic need not apply -- this disc coupling Carl Nielsen's "Flute Concerto" and "Clarinet Concerto" along with his "Wind Quintet" will appeal to fans of the Danish composer's unique brand of optimistic modernism. As superlatively played by flutist Emmanuel Pahud and clarinetist Sabine Meyer with Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker in the concertos and with three principals from the orchestra in the quintet, these performances are light, lyrical, and lovely with sprightly tempos, radiant textures, and an unbeatable feeling for ensemble. Faced with competition from nearly every great flutist of the last 50 years, Pahud makes the "Flute Concerto" very much his own with his warm tone, sparkling technique, and cogent interpretation. Meyer, surely one of the great clarinetists of the last 50 years, plays the "Clarinet Concerto" with an elegant tone, an effortless technique, and the kind of artless control that makes her performances absolutely irresistible. With the ever-alert Rattle and the always superb Berlin Orchestra, Pahud and Meyer turn in extraordinary performances of the concertos. And with bassoonist Stefan Schweigert, oboist Jonathan Kelly, and hornist Radek Baborák, Pahud and Meyer together turn in a jovial performance of the quintet. EMI's digital sound is clear, warm, and detailed.
BBC Music Magazine - Anthony Burton
These are very fine performances.
San Francisco Chronicle - Joshua Kosman
The Flute Concerto, played with sly elegance by the phenomenal Emmanuel Pahud, is the main draw, although Sabine Meyer also gives the Clarinet Concerto the dark, slightly scary urgency of a good ghost story.
Dallas Morning News - Lawson Taitte
[Grade: A-] Bottom line: You don't have to be Scandinavian to be a great Nielsen player.
Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
These performances are particularly welcome, coming as they do from the Berlin Philharmonic's leading wind players.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0094639442126
catalogNumber:
94421
Rank:
227459

Tracks

  1. Flute concerto, FS 119  - Carl Nielsen  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Simon Rattle
  2. Clarinet concerto, Op. 57 (FS 129)  - Carl Nielsen  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Sabine Meyer  - Simon Rattle
  3. Wind Quintet, FS 100 (Op. 43)  - Carl Nielsen  -  Jonathan Kelly  -  Jonathan Kelly  - Sabine Meyer  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Stefan Schweigert  - Radek Baborák

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