Orchestre de chambre de Paris
Douglas Boyd conductor
Emmanuel Pahud flute
The elegance and charm of Emmanuel Pahud's flute-playing in a rare, not-to-be-missed programme
D. Boyd © J. B. Millot
Mozart's Gran Partita for 13 wind instruments is more like a small symphony than a piece of chamber music. The sometimes solemn, often skilful writing has produced an exceptionally daring and beautiful work. And how could anyone resist Poulenc's charming Flute Sonata, one of the composer's best-known pieces, engagingly orchestrated by Lennox Berkeley? Music-lovers keen to discover lesser-known curiosities will be delighted to hear the Flute Concerto by Ignace Pleyel. The name instantly calls to mind a famous piano maker, but Pleyel was also a composer and a major publisher. He made a fortune in London in Haydn's time, survived the Terror in France and left a fine collection of compositions.