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Telemann: 'The Saxon Alternative-Music for Wind Band'

Magazine article Gramophone

Telemann: 'The Saxon Alternative-Music for Wind Band'

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Telemann

'The Saxon Alternative--Music for Wind Band'

Concerto, TWV44/2. Overtures--TWV44/7; TWV44/14; TWV55/B3; TWV55/c3

Syrinx

Resonus (F) RES10154 (62' * DDD)

These four overture-suites and one chamber concerto are pretty much what one would expect from Telemann: amiable, urbane, expertly written and laced with the odd character piece to make you smile. What makes this release unusual, however, is that they are all for what Telemann might have called a Hautboisten Band, which is to say an ensemble of oboes and bassoons with continuo. Such groups were much in favour in German courts in the first decades of the 18th century; but while as so often the Germans had taken their lead in this from Louis XIV's France, the addition of horns was their own innovation, a development known as the Sachsische Variante, the 'Saxon Alternative' that was to lead straight towards the Classical Harmoniemusik and which gives this recording its title. …

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