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Mozart: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Mozart composed the Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major (K. 313) in 1778. Commissioned by the Dutch flautist Ferdinand De Jean in 1777, Mozart was supposed to provide four flute quartets and three flute concerti, yet he only completed two of the three concerti, and the K. 313 was the first.

The piece is scored for a standard set of orchestral strings, two oboes (which are replaced with two flutes in the Adagio movement), and two horns.

The concerto is divided into three movements:
• I. Allegro maestoso
• II. Adagio ma non troppo
• III. Rondo: Tempo di Menuetto

The Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C major, K. 299 is one of only two true double concertos that Mozart wrote, as well as the only piece of music that Mozart wrote that contains the harp. The piece is one of the most popular such concerti in the repertoire.

Here are the selections on this CD:


  • Flute & Harp Concerto in C major, K299

With Marie-Pierre Langlamet (harp)

  • Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K313

Cadenzas by the soloists based upon Robert D. Levin

  • Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314

Cadenzas by Emmanuel Pahud

Performed by Emmanuel Pahud (flute), and the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Claudio Abbado

While I don’t go out of my way to listen to flute music, these compositions are lovely, and Mr. Pahud, as the principal Flute of the Berlin Philharmonic, does a terrific job in interpreting them. Watch the videos below and see how wonderfully musical these interpretations are, with great phrasing, beautiful flowing musical line, and flawless execution.

This CD will be issued Sept. 20, 2011

Here is Emmanuel Pahud performing the Mozart Flute concerto in G, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria:


And here is the Mozart Flute Concerto No.2 K.314 – 3rd Movement, as performed by Emmanuel Pahud, with the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra



Tags: Emmanuel Pahud, Berlin Philharmonic orchestra, Mozart, Flute

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