[ Chandos Chaconne / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 4 May 2018
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Expert in baroque repertoire and making period discoveries, the Philadelphia-based ensemble Tempesta di Mare extends the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Telemann's death with this unique album played on historically authentic instruments.
This recording is the first to bring together Telemann's three surviving concerti-en-suite, from the intimate Concerto di camera to the more extravagant and impressive Concerto-Suites.
Like many seventeenth-century German composers referring to their national idiom as a blend of French, Italian, and German styles, Telemann, who added rustic Polish music to this stylistic soup, quickly became the standard-bearer for this 'mixed taste' during the early eighteenth century, writing Italian concertos with a French accent, French overtures featuring moonlighting concerto soloists, and Polish folk tunes that exuberantly dance their way into arias, concertos, sonatas, songs, and suites. One of his more interesting mixtures is the concerto-suite, a subgenre in which a soloist is featured in an opening concerto-allegro and in a following series of French dance movements. The three surviving ones are brought together here for the first time.
"It's all top-drawer stuff. Not least thanks to the beautifully blended sound of the whole: crisp strings, mellow woodwind, subtle-but-there harpsichord and theorbo and a gorgeous soft-focus halo of horns. In short, every instrumental timbre is beautifully looked after." Gramophone
"The writing is all these works revels in virtuosic effects, showing off the various instruments to brilliant effect … Their playing is full of boldness and sass … certainly ear-catching. The sound is very vivid" American Record Guide
Chamber Concerto in F Major, TWV 54:F1 (Reconstr. R. Stone)
Musique de table, Pt. 1, Quartet in G Minor, TWV 43:g3
Violin Concerto in F major, TWV 51:F4