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Telemann: Twelve Sonatas for Solo Violin

Magazine article Gramophone

Telemann: Twelve Sonatas for Solo Violin

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Telemann

Twelve Sonatas for Solo Violin, TWV40:14-25 Luigi De Filippi vn Challenge Classics (F) CC72679 (67' * DDD)

Luigi De Filippi is mostly known as a chamber musician and conductor, but in 2013 he recorded a very enjoyable disc of solo violin sonatas by Tartini. The project clearly agreed with him, because he's now back for more, this time straying into slightly more well-trodden recorded territory with Telemann's 12 Fantasias for solo violin.

Some may be surprised to hear De Filippi's violin tuned at A=425Hz rather than the common Baroque performance standard of 415Hz. He argues that there was no such thing as customary tuning in the 18th century and that some Italian violinists preferred a higher A. Tempting as it is to make smart-alec comments about Telemann himself being German, the tuning works for him; the rich comparative weightiness of the sound he produces on his late-17th-century instrument offsets any supposed reduction in tonal warmth, and close miking and a generous studio acoustic do the rest. …

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