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Telemann: Trietti And Scherzi / Parnassi Musici


Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777301-2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassi musici
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



TELEMANN Trietti metodichi: 42:d1; TWV 42: G2; 42:D2. Scherzi: 42:D3; 42:A1; 42:E1. Quartet in a for 2 Violins and 2 Bassoons, TWV 43:a1. Quartet in d for Flute, Violin, Bassoon, and Continuo, TWV 43:d3 Parnassi musici (period instruments) cpo 777 301 (63:21)


The title of Telemann’s 1731 Read more publication of six trio sonatas, III Trietti metodichi e III Scherzi , is unusual. No one had ever published trietti (“little trios”), nor was the term “scherzo” used for a composition in several movements. The “method” in the Trietti metodichi consists of illustration in the art of instrumentation. The slow movements of the three Trietti were published with plain and ornamented parts to illustrate ornamentation method. These six melodic works for two violins and continuo were written for amateurs looking for works that were neither too long nor too difficult. All are in three movements, fast-slow-fast, and full of attractive melodies.


The Quartet in a is the fifth of a set of six “Quartets or Trios for two flutes or two violins, and two cellos or two bassoons” published in 1733. It consists of four movements, an Andante followed by three fast Divertimenti. The Quartet in d has been attributed to Handel as well as Telemann. The theme of the first movement appears to be a variation on Handel’s Oboe Concerto No. 3 in g, HWV 287. For the rest, the music does not sound much like Handel’s chamber music, so it would appear that the association with Telemann is correct. It is in four movements, slow-fast-slow-fast, which, while appealing, are not as attractive as its discmates.


The notes to this recording tell us that “it was sheer joy in the vibrancy and virtuosity of baroque music that brought together the musicians of Parnassi musici,” and these qualities inform their work here. Their playing has been praised often in the pages of Fanfare . The continuo is varied by alternate use of archlute or guitar and organ or harpsichord in addition to bassoon and cello. I doubt that I have ever heard a more-appealing recording of Baroque chamber music.


FANFARE: Ron Salemi
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Works on This Recording

1. Trietto methodico for 2 Flutes/Violins and Basso continuo no 3, TW 42 no d 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassi musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2. Scherzo for 2 Flutes/Violins and Basso continuo no 3 in D major, TV 42 no D 3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassi musici
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3. Quartets (6) for 2 Flutes/Violins, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: no 5 in A minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassi musici
Period: Baroque 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4. Trietto methodico for 2 Flutes/Violins and Basso continuo no 1, TW 42 no G 2 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassi musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5. Scherzo for 2 Flutes/Violins and Basso continuo no 1 in A major, TV 42 no A 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassi musici
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6. Quartet for Flute, Violin, Bassoon and Basso continuo in D minor, TV 43 no d 3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassi musici
Period: Baroque 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7. Trietto methodico for 2 Flutes/Violins and Basso continuo no 2, TW 42 no D 2 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassi musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
8. Scherzo for 2 Flutes/Violins and Basso continuo no 2 in E major, TV 42 no E 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassi musici
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Trio No. 3 in D minor, TWV 42:d1: I. Allegro
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Trio No. 3 in D minor, TWV 42:d1: II. Largo
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Trio No. 3 in D minor, TWV 42:d1: III. Allegro
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Scherzo No. 3 in D major, TWV 42:D3: I. Allegro
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Scherzo No. 3 in D major, TWV 42:D3: II. Largo
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Scherzo No. 3 in D major, TWV 42:D3: III. Allegro
6 Quatuors ou Trios: Quartet No. 5 in A minor, TWV 43:a1: I. Andante
6 Quatuors ou Trios: Quartet No. 5 in A minor, TWV 43:a1: II. Divertimento I: Vivace
6 Quatuors ou Trios: Quartet No. 5 in A minor, TWV 43:a1: III. Divertimento II: Presto
6 Quatuors ou Trios: Quartet No. 5 in A minor, TWV 43:a1: IV. Divertimento III: Allegro
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Trio No. 1 in G major, TWV 42:G2: I. Allegro
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Trio No. 1 in G major, TWV 42:G2: II. Grave
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Trio No. 1 in G major, TWV 42:G2: III. Presto
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Scherzo No. 1 in A major, TWV 42:A1: I. Allegro
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Scherzo No. 1 in A major, TWV 42:A1: II. Moderato
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Scherzo No. 1 in A major, TWV 42:A1: III. Allegro
Quartet in D minor, TWV 43:d3: I. Adagio
Quartet in D minor, TWV 43:d3: II. Allegro
Quartet in D minor, TWV 43:d3: III. Largo
Quartet in D minor, TWV 43:d3: IV. Allegro
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Trio No. 2 in D major, TWV 42:D2: I. Vivace
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Trio No. 2 in D major, TWV 42:D2: II. Andante
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Trio No. 2 in D major, TWV 42:D2: III. Vivace
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Scherzo No. 2 in E major, TWV 42:E1: I. Vivace
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Scherzo No. 2 in E major, TWV 42:E1: II. Largo
Trietti methodichi e Scherzi: Scherzo No. 2 in E major, TWV 42:E1: III. Vivace

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