“The brilliant Emmanuel Pahud … played with a liquid tone and expressive phrasing, rendering the elaborate passages with flair. His soaring melodies shimmered” – The New York Times
Following forays into the modern, with Dalbavie and Pintscher, and into the baroque, with Bach’s complete sonatas, Emmanuel Pahud now pairs up with the exciting young Canadian conductor, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, in a program of virtuoso transcriptions based on operatic themes. ‘Night at the Opera’ features variations on Carmen, the Magic Flute, Rigoletto and others are coupled with some of the familiar flute solos from opera, including the entr’acte from Carmen and Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits. Also included is Lensky’s aria from Eugene Onegin, arranged by Guy Braunstein. Juliette Hurel, solo flute of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, joins Pahud in the works for two flutes.
Emmanuel Pahud is one of today’s most exciting and adventurous musicians, demonstrates his mastery of and sympathy for music composed over nearly three centuries. Principal Flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker since the age of 22, with the exception of a year-and-a-half-long sabbatical, Pahud has also appeared as soloist with many of the world’s other leading orchestras under such conductors as Abbado, Rattle, Zinman, Maazel, Gergiev, Gardiner, Harding, Järvi, Pinnock, Jordan and the late Mstislav Rostropovich. As a recitalist, Pahud collaborates with Eric Le Sage, Yefim Bronfman and Hélène Grimaud and he performs jazz with Jacky Terrasson. Pahud appears regularly at the major festivals in Europe, North America and the Far East.