Vivaldi: Flute Concertos

Vivaldi: Flute Concertos

by Emmanuel PahudEmmanuel Pahud

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Overview

Emmanuel Pahud is a first-rank flutist by any reckoning, combining suave phrasing with a gleaming, silvery tone. No wonder the Berlin Philharmonic hired him as their first-chair soloist when he was only 22. So a Pahud disc of Vivaldi concertos -- some of the most charming music in his instrument's repertoire -- is a surefire recipe for success. Not surprisingly, Pahud proves an exceedingly elegant soloist, perfectly in tune with Vivaldi's gallant style, while the Australian Chamber Orchestra, led by violinist Richard Tognetti (best known for his work on the Master and Commander soundtrack), provide nimble accompaniment. Pahud offers the six concertos in the Op. 10 collection, first published in 1729, as well as two later works that display the Vivaldi flute concerto at its zenith, written at a time when flute music had entered a golden age. Particularly delightful is the Concerto Op. 10 No. 3, called "Il gardellino" (The Goldfinch), which features bird-like trills and scales that dart and scamper, while the masterful Concerto Op. 10 No. 2 "La notte" (The Night) takes in remarkable movements that depict ghosts ("Fantasmi") and sleep ("Il sonno"). Recorded in Sydney in July 2005, the disc's sound seems somewhat brittle and constricted by EMI's usually excellent standards, but that's a minor drawback to an enchanting addition to the Vivaldi discography.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2006
Label: Emi Classics
UPC: 0094634721226
catalogNumber: 47212
Rank: 124204

Tracks

  1. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in F major ("La tempesta di mare"), Op. 10/1, RV 433
  2. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in G minor ("La Notte"), Op. 10/2, RV 439
  3. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in D major ("Il gardellino"), Op. 10/3, RV 428
  4. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in G major, Op. 10/4, RV 435
  5. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in F major, Op. 10/5, RV 434
  6. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in G major, Op. 10/6, RV 437
  7. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in A Minor, RV 440
  8. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in D Major, RV 429

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