Magazine article Gramophone

Telemann: Violin Sonatas

Magazine article Gramophone

Telemann: Violin Sonatas

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Telemann Violin Sonatas, TWV41-A1; d5; d6; e8; G1; g1; G10. Fantasia, TWV40:22 Arsenale Sonoro Deutsche Harmonia Mundi [F] 88875 06158-2 (64' * DDD)

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I'll admit straightaway that it's a relief not to see the words 'Vol 1' anywhere on this release. Not that there is anything wrong with Telemann's violin sonatas, you understand, which are as personable and as expertly written as you would expect them to be, but it is nice to see artists offering up a selection they believe in and leaving it at that. That the disc contains four world premiere recordings thus seems more a bonus than a duty.

Telemann's violin sonatas are in the Corellian mould--four movements, slow-fast-slow-fast--and their flavour is strongly Italianate as well; nothing here in the French style which he was equally capable of adopting, nor any of those outbursts of Polish folk-exuberance that can be so irresistible. Virtuosity is not a feature either; but Boris Begelman unlocks the vibrancy of music that on paper might look a little plain, achieving the feat partly through generous and stylish ornamentation and partly through a level of imagination and engagement that is consistently high and avoids any feeling of the routine--the essence of good Baroque music-making, really. …

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