Magazine article Gramophone

Telemann: Concertos-TWV42/a7

Magazine article Gramophone

Telemann: Concertos-TWV42/a7

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Telemann

Concertos--TWV42/a7; TWV43T2. Sonatas TWV42/a7; TWV42/c6; TWV42/F5; TWV42/g7; TWV42/g15; TWV42/h4

Bassorilievi

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (F) 88875 06992-2 (77' * DDD)

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Who would have thought, even just a few years ago, that we would be seeing a CD whose purpose is to offer the complete Telemann sonatas for flute, viola da gamba and continuo? Well here they are, six of them, apparently composed for musicians at the Darmstadt court, who included gamba virtuoso Ernst Christian Hesse among their number. Together with two chamber concertos for those same instruments plus bassoon, the result is 75 minutes of Telemann at his most skilfully affable and seriously polite; no jokey character pieces and few signs of Polish folk influence here.

Bassorilievi, from Italy are surely right to emphasise the predominantly 'dolce and cantabile affects' characteristic of their two principal instruments, favouring a rich and warmly balanced sound over one of brightly separated colours. …

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