Flute Concert at Sanssouci
Emmanuel Pahud, one of the best flute players in the world, performs a concert on the occasion of the 300th Anniversary of the Prussian King Frederick II, also called "The Great". Recorded at Frederick's summer palace Sanssouci in Potsdam. Together with harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock and the Kammerakademie Potsdam the Swiss flutist plays compositions by Frederick II himself, by Johann Joachim Quantz (the teacher of Frederick), Franz Benda (Frederick's concertmaster) and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (harpsichordist in the service of Frederick II). Frederick the Great, whose abilities as a statesman and soldier laid the foundation for the Prussian and later German empire, was since his childhood interested in music, philosophy and art, especially in playing the transverse flute. He surrounded himself with some of the best philosophers - like Voltaire who stayed at his court - and musicians. He gave concerts with them and wrote several works for transverse flute.
Emmanuel Pahud (Flöte)