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Telemann: Wind Concertos Vol 5 / Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt

Telemann / Stagione Frankfurt / Schneider
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777401  
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



TELEMANN Wind Concertos: for Flute, TWV 51:D1; for 2 Oboes d’amore, TWV52:A1; for Alto Recorder, TWV 51:F1; for 2 Horns, TWV 52:Es:1; for Oboe, TWV 51:d2; for 2 Flutes and Bassoon, TWV 52:e2 Michael Schneider (rcr, fl, cond); Karl Kaiser (fl); Martin Stadler (oba); Luise Read more Baumgartl (oba); Ulrich Hübner, Jörg Schulteß (hn); Marita Schaar (bn); La Staggione Frankfurt (period instruments) CPO 777401 (67:48)


Telemann specialist Michael Schneider continues apace with his survey of the composer’s wind concertos in this, Volume 5, of the series. Volume 4 was reviewed in Fanfare 33: 2, and I haven’t much to add to my glowing report on that album and its urgent recommendation.


All but the concerto for two horns adhere to the same four-movement layout (slow-fast-slow-fast) that seems to have been preferred by Telemann and other German Baroque composers, Bach being an exception. The concerto for two horns adopts the preferred Italian three-movement model, fast-slow-fast.


For those predisposed to liking Telemann’s music—and I count myself so inclined—you will find a never-ending supply of invention and variety in these works. Not only does Telemann combine different instruments in imaginative ways, using a polychromatic palette of tonal timbres to set against his canvases of ripieno strings, his reservoir of musical ingenuity is always at the full.


Take the stately opening of the flute concerto with its dignified, noble bearing and processional-like phrases. It’s like the stage setting for the entrance of one of Handel’s queens. Or, take the Bach-like Andante of the concerto for two oboes d’amore, which could almost accompany an aria in the St. Matthew Passion . Then there’s the thrilling virtuosity of the Allegro movement from the concerto for alto recorder, and the military call to arms of the concerto for two horns. No two concertos are alike in instrumentation or in their highly individual moods, manners, and modes of expression.


The playing of soloists and ensemble, as noted in my review of Volume 4, is of exceptionally high quality. It may be a paradox of the period-instrument movement that many of its leading ensembles have gotten so good it is now virtually impossible to distinguish them from their modern-instrument counterparts. I mean, what’s the point of period instruments if you can’t have sour, out-of-tune horns, bleating oboes, and strings that sound like they’ve donated blood once too often? For fans of roughing it in tents and sleeping bags, period-instrument performances as cushy as these must seem robbed of all the fun and unexpected (mis)adventures. But for one having no desire to be dinner for a bear, I’ll take La Stagione Frankfurt’s warm and inviting inn any day of the week.


If you missed the earlier volumes in this series, they’re still available and waiting for you at Amazon and ArkivMusic, but you needn’t acquire them in order. There’s no reason not to start right here with this one, which I recommend you do post-haste.


FANFARE: Jerry Dubins
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Flute in D major, TV 51 no D 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2.
Concerto for 2 Oboes d'Amore in A major, TV 52 no A 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1768 
3.
Concerto for Recorder in F major, TV 51 no F 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Concerto for 2 Horns in F major, TV 52 no F 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716-1725; Germany 
5.
Concerto for Oboe in D minor, TV 51 no d 2 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716; Germany 
6.
Concerto for 2 Flutes and Bassoon in E minor, TV 52 no e 2 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

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