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Claude Debussy (1862–1918)

Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924)

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)



Beau Soir Trio:
Sebastian Pachel, pan flute

Nora Koch, harp

Johann Blanchard, piano


MDG 903 2319-6


Price: 21,99 €


Available from
                   10th May



Beau Soir - a beautiful name for a beautiful trio with the unique combination of pan flute, harp and piano. Popular Impressionist masterpieces shine in a completely new light in these highly original interpretations for the trio's debut album.



Virtuoso panflutist Sebastian Pachel is a pioneer on his instrument, breaking new ground, both with his performance style and his artistically sensitive arrangements. Together with solo harpist Nora Koch and the fabulous chamber music pianist Johann Blanchard, he has found like-minded musicians who know how to inspire audiences with their powerful new versions of classical favourites by the French composer trifecta - Debussy, Fauré and Ravel.


The sound of the pan flute is so mysterious its origins are steeped in mythology. In ancient Greek folklore, the beautiful wood nymph Syrinx fled Pan’s amorous advances by metamorphosing into a reed. When Pan’s breath blew across it, the reed made a haunting sound. This inspired Debussy’s masterpiece for solo flute which Pachel interprets with great virtuosity, conveying the archaic roots of modernity.



Debussy's popular masterpiece "Clair de lune" is given new, fragrant, impressionistic colours in the trio arrangement, as is Ravel's famous "Pavane pour une infante defunte". Here, too, metamorphoses are in play, transforming many a familiar piece anew. Debussy's "Arabesque", originally a piano piece, is here dedicated to the harp. Now and then the same motif roams through all three instruments, bringing ever new hues to the fore.


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