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Telemann: 'Concerti per Molti Stromenti'

Magazine article Gramophone

Telemann: 'Concerti per Molti Stromenti'

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Telemann

'Concerti per molti stromenti' Concertos: TWV43:G5--Adagio; TWV44--32; 43; TWV53--d1; F1; hi; TWV54--D2; D3 Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin Harmonia Mundi (F) HMM90 2261 (72' * DDD)

In these historical performance-aware times it's now a comparatively rare event for a Baroque recording to throw up a genuine slice of musical-instrument exoticism. However, that's precisely what the Akademie fiir Alte Musik Berlin have managed with this Telemann programme of multi-instrument concertos, thanks to the presence of the B minor Concerto, TWV53:hl, whose solo trio consists of two flutes and a ... calchedon.

Now in fact the calchedon is simply a specific type of large, six-course, long-necked lute also known as a galizona. Furthermore, calchedons or galizonas actually appear in over 400 of Telemann's works, used primarily as a bass-line instrument. And indeed that's how the one here appears, meaning that it's not going to sound as exotic to your ears as it looks on paper. …

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