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Telemann: Ihr Volker Hort

Magazine article Gramophone

Telemann: Ihr Volker Hort

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Telemann

Ihr Volker hort, TWV1:921 (a). Concertos--TWV43:a3; TWV51:D2; TWV52:a1; TWV53: 1 [pounds sterling]. Overture for Monseigneur le Landgrave de Darmstadt, TWV55:F16

(a) Clare Wilkinson mez

Florilegium / Ashley Solomon fl

Channel Classics (F) CCS38616 (79' * DDD)

This attractive mixed programme of Telemann's works featuring flute or recorder has been designed by Ashley Solomon to celebrate Florilegium's 25th anniversary. The triple concerto for flute, oboe d'amore and viola d'amore in E major (TWV53:E1) stands out as one of the composer's most beguiling masterpieces: the limpid opening Andante sounds like a serene evocation of sunrise that anticipates the mature Haydn by several decades; the soloists Solomon, Alexandra Bellamy and Bojan Cicic play with elegant finesse, and also conjure up refined melancholy in an intimately conversational Siciliana.

The double concerto for recorder and viola da gamba in A minor (TWV52:a1) is a charming example of Telemann's taste for synthesising French and Italian musical styles with elements of Polish folk music; Florilegium's civilised elegance in the French-style Grave, gently Italianate sway in the Allegro, and Solomon's duet with gambist Reiko Ichise in the Dolce has pastoral sensitivity. …

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