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Telemann: Concertos-TWV43:G6

Magazine article Gramophone

Telemann: Concertos-TWV43:G6

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Telemann

Concertos--TWV43:G6; TWV52:a1.

Suites--TWV55:a2; TWV55:D6

La Petite Bande / Sigiswald Kuijken

Accent [F] ACC24288 (79' * DDD)

Although this disc is entitled 'Concertos and Suites', and there are indeed two of each, the concerto element is in a sense ever-present, for both suites feature a solo instrument in a manner similar to Bach's flute-led Second Orchestral Suite. In the booklet, Bart Coen wonders if Telemann's A minor Suite for recorder and strings could have been a model for that work, and certainly one feels that if a galanterie from the Bach were to pop up in it, it would not sound out of place. Not that the fecund Telemann would have needed the help; 'the solo suite par excellence for recorder from the Baroque period' (says Coen) is a good half-hour long without running out of steam. Next to it, the rich-toned G major Suite for viola da gamba and strings is more French and formal in manner, trumpet-like figures in the first two movements notwithstanding. Of the two concertos, the G major is an orchestra-less work which on another day Telemann might have called a 'quadro', and the A minor is more conventional, despite the unusual but delectable scoring. …

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