14 Berliner Flötisten (photo: Sebastian Hänel)

Chamber Music

The wonderful sound of flutes

An ensemble made up of flute players alone drawn from the great Berlin orchestras – that was the idea of Andreas Blau in 1996, at that time principal flute with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Since then, the 14 Berlin flautists, who cover the entire sound spectrum from the piccolo flute to the concert flute, and from the alto flute to the double bass and subcontrabass flutes, enthral audiences with their gentle, nuanced and brilliant flute sound. The programme of this concert spans the spectrum from Baroque to contemporary music.

The 14 Berlin Flutists

Andreas Blau direction

Sarah Willis presentation

Works by George Frideric Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Amilcare Ponchielli, Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel, Leonard Bernstein, Isao Matsushita and Henry Mancini

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Besides a “particular ability for the expression […] of meekness and resignation”, Hector Berlioz attested to the flute sounds of “serious and dreamy character”. It was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, however, who probably paid the wind instrument the greatest compliment when he has Tamino sing in the Magic Flute: “How powerful must be your magic tone, / Because, wondrous flute, even wild beasts / Feel joy at your sound”. The 14 Berliner Flötisten (Berlin Flutists) have dedicated themselves to the enthralling flute sound; the group was founded in 1996 by Andreas Blau, at the time principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

To be able to put together a line-up in which the entire spectrum of sound from the piccolo to the concert flute and alto flute to the contrabass and sub-contrabass flute would be represented, he also needed – in addition to all the Philharmonic flutists – colleagues from the other Berlin orchestras: the Staatskapelle, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, the orchestras of the Deutsche and the Komische Oper, and what at the time was the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester.

Since then, the musicians sound out the soft, nuanced and brilliant flute sound within a spectrum of not less than seven octaves, reinforced 14 times. The programme at this concert consists of works by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Wolf-Ferrari, Ponchielli, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Bernstein, Matsushita and Mancini, including arrangements that can be heard in the ensemble’s distinctive sound, as well as original works composed for the 14 flutists.

14 Berliner Flötisten (photo: Sebastian Hänel)