Emmanuel Pahud

CPE BACH Sonata for Flute in A minor
JS BACH The Musical Offering: Ricercar a 6
RAVEL (arr. Richard Tognetti) String Quartet in F major
FRANCK (arr. Richard Tognetti) Sonata for Flute & Strings

The world’s greatest living flautist Emmanuel Pahud is back! Fourteen years after his Australian debut with the ACO, one of Richard Tognetti’s great musical friends returns. Pahud currently divides his time between his Principal Flute position at the Berlin Philharmonic and touring the world as a soloist.

This program is like an historical adventure – tracing the Franco-Germanic lineage from JS Bach to his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, the on through to Franck, Debussy and Ravel.

And it gives our soloist an opportunity to stand alone in the spotlight with CPE Bach’s Flute Sonata, a stunning example of the composer’s genius, and Debussy’s Syrinx, which may well be the greatest solo flute piece of all time. 

Ravel’s String Quartet, composed at the very beginning of the 20th century, is brimming with seductive melodies, iridescent pizzicato passages, colourful trill effects and luscious harmonies. Franck’s great Violin Sonata, arranged here for flute and strings by Richard Tognetti, is testament to Franck’s influence over such composers as Ravel and Debussy.