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Emmanuel Pahud

May 11, 2010

Pahud's Golden Flute

Emmanuel Pahud plays a flute made from 14-karat gold. Does it sound better than a silver flute? According to a scientific study, even professional flutists couldn't distinguish between the sounds of flutes made from silver, gold, and platinum. But Pahud swears by his special golden flute, and hearing the beauty and expression of his playing, who are we to argue? We'll hear Pahud in a pair of concert performances: with harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock, playing a Bach Flute Sonata in Athens, Georgia. And with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, playing Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Francis Poulenc
    First movement from Flute Sonata
    Emmanuel Pahud, flute, Eric Le Sage, piano
  • Valerie Coleman
    The Imani Winds
    Jordan Hall, Boston
  • King Henry VIII
    En Vray Amoure
    The Flanders Recorder Quartet
    Boston Early Music Festival, Boston
  • Philippe Verdelot
    Motet a 4 (Gabriel Archangelus)
    The Swiss Radio Chorus, Diego Fasolis, director
    Quirinale Palace, Rome, Italy
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Flute Sonata in E-flat, BWV 1031
    Emmanuel Pahud, flute, Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Flute Concerto No. 1 in G, K. 313
    Emmanuel Pahud, flute, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi, conductor
    Old Opera, Frankfurt, Germany

hour 2

  • Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Suite from Les Boreades
    The West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Olli Mustonen, conductor
    Kaisersaal, Wurzburg, Germany
  • Astor Piazzolla
    The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
    Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, Texas
  • Nebojsa Zivkovic
    Nebojsa Zivkovic, percussion
    Bulgaria Chamber Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • George Gershwin
    It Ain't Necessarily So, Summertime, and I Got Rhythm
    Daniel Hope, violin, Sebastian Knauer, piano
    Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia
  • Traditional (Arranged by Olivier Foures)
    Greensleeves to a Ground
    Daniel Hope, violin, and friends
  • Osvaldo Golijov
    From My Window, from Ainadamar
    Livia Sohn and Geoff Nuttall, violins, Stephen Prutsman, piano
    Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina
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