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Chamber Music

In memoriam Aurèle Nicolet (1926-2016)

He was regarded as a poet of the flute: Swiss Aurèle Nicolet, one of the most important flautists of the 20th century, impressed with technically flawless playing and sensitive interpretations. In the 1950s Nicolet was the principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker before turning to an international career as a soloist and numerous teaching commitments. The Philharmonic principal flautist Emmanuel Pahud, a pupil of Nicolet, and his colleagues from the flute section commemorate the musician, who died in January 2016, at this concert.

Flutist of the Berliner Philharmoniker:

Mathieu Dufour

Egor Egorkin

Michael Hasel

Emmanuel Pahud

Jelka Weber

and Guests

Benefit Concert in support of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Human Plus

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

Concerto for 5 flutes in A minor op. 15 No. 2 (1st Movement)

Jörg Widmann

Petite Suite in memoriam Aurèle Nicolet

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

Concerto for 5 flutes in A minor op. 15 No. 2 (2nd Movement)

Pierre Boulez

Mémoriale (... explosante-fixe ... Originel)

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

Concerto for 5 flutes in A minor op. 15 No. 2 (3rd Movement)

Elliott Carter

Scrivo in vento

Johann Sebastian Bach

Trio Sonata in G major BWV 1039

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Sonata for 2 flutes and continuo in E major Wq 162

Edgard Varèse

Density 21.5

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach

Flute Sonata in D major

Claude Debussy

Syrinx

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

Concerto for 5 flutes in D major op. 15 No. 3

Dates and Tickets

Thu, 01 Dec 2016, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:00

Serie Non-subscription concert chamber music

Programme

Aurèle Nicolet, one of the most important flautists of the 20th century, died exactly one week after his 90th birthday, on 29 January 2016. After studies in Zurich and Paris, Nicolet, who was born in the Swiss town of Neuchâtel, began his musical career in the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and (already as principal flute) in Winterthur City Orchestra, before in 1950 Wilhelm Furtwängler appointed him to the first desk of the flute section of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Nicolet remained faithful to the Philharmonic for nine years, before turning to an international career as a soloist as well as numerous teaching commitments, in the course of which he also trained a younger compatriot, Emmanuel Pahud, who has been principal flute in the Philharmonic since 1993.

Referred to in 1966 by the news magazine Der Spiegelas “poet of the flute”, characterised by Günter Grass 33 years later as a “firebrand whose curly hair is ablaze”, Nicolet, with technically flawless playing and sensitive interpretations, not only inspired composers such as György Ligeti, Tōru Takemitsu and Edison Denisov to compositions for the flute, but was also sought after in early music, where, for instance, he was first choice for Karl Richter’s Bach recordings. To commemorate the musician, the teacher and, last but not least, the man Aurèle Nicolet in this chamber concert is a matter close to the hearts of the Berlin Philharmonic’s flute section, who will be joined by a number of musical guests. The programme includes both works from the golden age of flute playing and more recent compositions.

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