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Fantasy - A Night At The Opera / Emmanuel Pahud


Release Date: 04/06/2010 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 57814   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Emanuele KrakampPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyRobert FobbesAlbert Franz Doppler,   ... 
Performer:  Emmanuel PahudJuliette Hurel
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded 11-14 July 2009, Hilversum, with Juliette Hurel, flute; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin

“…an unimaginable flautist, as marvellous a musician as he is an accomplished virtuoso, … the soloist of his generation.” Le Temps (Geneva)

“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

“Emmanuel Pahud, flautist supreme.” The 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
Read more conductor, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, in a programme of virtuoso transcriptions based on operatic themes.

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.

Emmanuel Pahud’s ‘Night at the Opera’ features fantasies on Rigoletto by Franz (1821–83) and Karl (1825–1900) Doppler, Der Freischütz by Claude-Paul Taffanel (1844–1908), Die Zauberflöte by Robert Fobbes (b.1939), La traviata (for two flutes) by Emanuele Krakamp (1813–83) and Carmen by François Borne (1840–1920) in an orchestral arrangement by Raymond Meylan.

We are also treated to Lensky’s aria from Eugene Onegin, arranged by Guy Braunstein, and familiar flute solos from opera, including the entr’acte from Bizet’s Carmen and Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orfeo ed Euridice. Juliette Hurel, solo flute of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, joins Pahud in the works for two flutes.

Stephen Johns, Vice President A&R, EMI Classics, says, “This recording showcases Emmanuel Pahud’s extraordinary technique and musicianship, while presenting familiar and beautiful tunes from the greatest operas.”

Pahud recently described the background to his latest album: “In the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a tradition of salon music because people did not have CD or MP3 players as we have nowadays. They had no access to the internet or the radio so they would have to have transcriptions in order to hear this music in their homes.”

“All the pieces on this album have been transcribed or were written in a version for flute and piano in the 19th century, apart from two. One of these is Lensky’s aria, arranged as a fantasy for violin and piano by our Berlin Philharmonic concert master Guy Braunstein. As a present, he made a flute version of that transcription for me. I had the idea of adding it to this collection of opera favourites in an orchestration that reinstates the original sound of Tchaikovsky in the orchestra. The other piece that is more recent is the variations on Die Zauberflöte. I had to include The Magic Flute in this collection. But I did not know of any satisfying version until I discovered this one on a recording by a Belgian colleague. It turns out it had been composed for him by a friend as a birthday surprise.”
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Works on This Recording

1.
Traviata Fantasia for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 248 by Emanuele Krakamp
Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
2.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Lensky's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1879 
Notes: Arr. Guy Braunstein 
3.
Fantasy on Mozart's Magic Flute by Robert Fobbes
Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
4.
Fantasie for 2 Flutes and Piano, Op. 38 "Rigoletto-Fantasie" by Albert Franz Doppler
Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud (Flute), Juliette Hurel (Flute)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
5.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud (Flute), Juliette Hurel (Flute)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Fantasie on "Freischütz" by C.M. Weber by Claude Paul Taffanel
Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
7.
Fantasie brillante for Flute and Piano on Bizet's Carmen by François Borne
Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
Notes: Orch. Raymond Meylan 

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