The Flute King

The Flute King

by Emmanuel Pahud



This two-disc package from Emmanuel Pahud explores the music performed at the court of King Frederick the Great of Prussia. Frederick was an accomplished amateur flutist, and, thus, cultivated music for his instrument from the best composers of his day. This included Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Johann Joachim Quantz. Frederick himself and his sister Anna Amalia also composed works featuring the flute. Pahud chose selections by each of these composers, filling the first disc with concertos and the second with chamber pieces and solos. These pieces span the period between the Baroque and Classical eras, but in general even Frederick's and C.P.E. Bach's sonatas have more in common with the former than the latter. They still employ the basso continuo accompaniment, however, all of it is very charming and agreeable, as much of the music of that era is. The pieces by the lesser known composers, such as Princess Anna Amalia and Johann Friedrich Agricola, may not be as musically sophisticated, but still have some appeal to the listener and a few challenges for Pahud. There are passages requiring virtuosic skill in most of the music, and in the solo sonata by C.P.E. Bach, Pahud's care for the music and nimbleness is plain to hear. He and his colleagues bring elegance and gracefulness to the music, even in the more lively, animated movements, making it all seem perfectly suited to the court of Frederick, the Flute King. [The Deluxe Edition is a CD-sized, hardcover book with the discs included.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2012
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 5099908423023
catalogNumber: 84230


  1. Flute Sonata in A major
  2. Flute Sonata in B minor
  3. Flute Concerto in G major, QV 5:174

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