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Telemann: Wind Concertos, Vol 1 / Schneider, Et Al


Release Date: 11/20/2007 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777032   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Michael SchneiderKarl KaiserJörg SchultessUlrich Hübner,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata KölnLa Stagione Frankfurt
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Refined elegance … well balanced playing by musicians who are obviously enjoying themselves.

In the day when trained musicians were expected to master a number of instruments, Telemann exceeded expectations by not only mastering three (the harpsichord, recorder and violin) but by also becoming proficient on most of the other instruments in common use at the time. As a result of this vast skill-set, he was able to compose concertos for a wide array of solo instruments and combinations thereof. The hallmark of his music is a respect for the idiom of each individual instrument that renders each work not only aurally pleasing, but also of immense satisfaction to the performer.

In an attempt to get away from
Read more the pervasive Italian style, Telemann adopted a four movement form that often followed the pattern of slow-fast-slow-fast. These slow openings drew the listener’s attention to the melodic line and away from the sheer displays of virtuosity that were the stock-in-trade of the Italian concerto. Telemann also preferred a more moderate display of the soloist’s technical skill, never allowing the intricacies of the solo line to overshadow the elegance and purpose of the music.

Michael Schneider leads his two ensembles in a perfectly elegant set of concertos for diverse instrumental combinations in this disc that brims with grace and charm. Beginning with an uplifting but never overwhelming work for two horns, Messrs. Hübner and Schulteß bring off some of the finest valve-less horn playing to meet these ears in some time. Granted, more perfection can be achieved with these cantankerous instruments in the studio setting than in a live concert. But, this is playing of rarely heard skill and refinement.

The other standout is Luise Baumgartl’s sweet tone and graceful articulation in the concerto for oboe. She produces a light and unforced sound and has a fine knack for spinning out a long arched phrase. Schneider and Kaiser also turn in fine performances of works for recorder, flute and the combination thereof. The two ensembles both play most collegially, and balance, intonation and ensemble are of the first order.

There’s a work for every taste here and no lover of baroque music will be disappointed. Marked “Volume I” one can only salivate a bit for more if this fine disc is a representative harbinger of the entire series.

Kevin Sutton, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Recorder and Flute in E minor, TV 52 no e 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Michael Schneider (Recorder), Karl Kaiser (Flute)
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Köln,  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2.
Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, TV 52 no D 2 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Jörg Schultess (French Horn), Ulrich Hübner (French Horn)
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Köln,  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Notes: Composition written: Germany (Circa 1708 - Circa 1714). 
3.
Concerto for Oboe in D minor, TV 51 no d 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Luise Baumgartl (Oboe)
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Köln,  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Baroque 
Written: Frankfurt, Germany 
Notes: Composition written: Frankfurt, Germany (Circa 1708 - Circa 1713). 
4.
Quartet in G minor, TV 43 no g 3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Michael Schneider (Recorder)
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Köln,  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
Concerto for Flute in E major, TV 51 no E 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Karl Kaiser (Flute)
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Köln,  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716-1725; Germany 

Sound Samples

Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, TWV 52:D2: I. Spirituoso, ma non presto
Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, TWV 52:D2: II. Largo
Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, TWV 52:D2: III. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, TWV 52:D2: IV. Largo
Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, TWV 52:D2: V. Allegro assai
Concerto for Recorder and Flute in E minor, TWV 52:e1: I. Largo
Concerto for Recorder and Flute in E minor, TWV 52:e1: II. Allegro
Concerto for Recorder and Flute in E minor, TWV 52:e1: III. Largo
Concerto for Recorder and Flute in E minor, TWV 52:e1: IV. Presto
Oboe Concerto in D minor, TWV 51:d1: I. Adagio
Oboe Concerto in D minor, TWV 51:d1: II. (Allegro)
Oboe Concerto in D minor, TWV 51:d1: III. Adagio
Oboe Concerto in D minor, TWV 51:d1: IV. (Allegro)
Musique de table, Part I: Quartet in G minor, TWV 43:g3: I. Allegro
Musique de table, Part I: Quartet in G minor, TWV 43:g3: II. Siciliana
Musique de table, Part I: Quartet in G minor, TWV 43:g3: III. Bourree
Musique de table, Part I: Quartet in G minor, TWV 43:g3: IV. Menuet
Flute Concerto in E major, TWV 51:E1: I. Dolce e staccato
Flute Concerto in E major, TWV 51:E1: II. Alla breve
Flute Concerto in E major, TWV 51:E1: III. Largo
Flute Concerto in E major, TWV 51:E1: IV. Vivace

Customer Reviews

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 Wow just wow. March 30, 2013 By Charles H. (Clarksville, VA) See All My Reviews "As a fan of Telemann it came as no surprise to me that I liked these CD's, however, it was only after listening to them that I truly began to appreciate the artistry. Whether you get just one or the whole set like I did if you enjoy good baroque period music, you will not be disappointed." Report Abuse
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