Les Vents Français
Wednesday 10 April
String Quartet in E minor (transcription for wind quintet)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K 452
Osterlied for wind quintet and piano
Sextet for piano and winds in E-flat Major, Op. 6
What happens if a chamber ensemble gathers five wind instruments? What if the sound responds primarily to the pace of breathing rather than being produced by a bow and a keyboard?
The concerts of Les Vents Français are no conventional experiences. In the first place, this is because the ensemble comprises extraordinary soloists. They play or have played in the world's finest orchestras, such as the Berliner Philharmoniker – where Emmanuel Pahud, a familiar figure for the Lugano public, was principal flute for over three decades – the Orchestre du Théâtre National in Paris and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester in Berlin. The ensemble's stylistic signature lies in the brass and wood instruments' extreme timbre variety, allowing an infinite range of sonorities and expressive variations.
Pahud explains that "given its nature – which is different from string ensembles in which the instruments all belong to the same family – the wind ensemble has a distinctive sound quality, precisely because the instruments are of different craftsmanship. We try to bring everyone's experience on board at every level, whether as a soloist, a chamber or orchestra musician, a conductor or a teacher. These values are reunited in the ensemble to create a personality".