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    Emmanuel Pahud | flute
    Benjamin Alard | harpsichord

    Emmanuel Pahud duets with harpsichordist Benjamin Alard for a  Grand siècle français  » Sunday.

    Photos d'Emmanuel Pahud - Droits réservés, Benjamin Alard  © Bernard Martinez
    Emmanuel Pahud - Droits réservés, Benjamin Alard  © Bernard Martinez

    Couperin Second Royal Concert for flute and harpsichord
    Bach Sonata for flute and harpsichord BWV 1020 (attributed to C. P. E. Bach)
    Marais Les Folies d'Espagne, for solo flute
    Leclair Sonata No. 2 Op. 1 for flute and continuo
    Couperin Prelude No. 5, from L'Art de toucher le clavecin
    Bach Sonata for flute and harpsichord BWV 1032 

    Emmanuel Pahud, the most acclaimed flautist of the early twenty-first century, and indeed of the late twentieth century, who was recruited by conductor Claudio Abbado to the Berlin Philharmoniker in 1992 and is a regular Sunday Morning Concert performer, returns with Bach, amongst others. Trevor Pinnock, who accompanied him two years ago, has now handed over the reins to Benjamin Alard, whose dazzling complete recordings of the Cantor of Leipzig are currently in progress. This duo have honed their skills in Switzerland and Japan, and their duet playing “is characterised by fluid phrasing and Olympian balance” (Le Temps). In addition to pairing up for Couperin and Leclair, each musician will treat us to a solo piece including a burst from Folies d’Espagne by Marin Marais on the flute, with a sarabande which is less Spanish than is often thought.

    Coréalisation Jeanine Roze Production | Théâtre des Champs-Elysées