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Tastes Of Europe - Telemann: Trios, Quartets / Ensemble Meridiana


Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 368   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridiana
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

The world could always use more Telemann, whose cantatas and chamber music particularly stand among the finest Baroque works in these genres, and here is a fine collection of five trios and two quartets (concertos)--lively, energetic, nimble, clearly articulated, the warm, vibrant, complementary timbres of the period strings, winds, and harpsichord ideally captured in a fairly close-up church acoustic.

Despite the varied combinations of instruments there's a sameness to the overall sound-characteristics of each work--but this is not a negative since Telemann's stylistic instincts and melodic/thematic mastery are always assured
Read more and appropriate to the chosen instruments. It's just that this means that the program is perfect as a complement to other activities rather than to close, careful, analytical listening. Which is a good thing, because if you listen too closely you will notice the recorder, which appears on more than half the works here, displaying its most insolent, defiant, rebellious behavior as an oppositional member of the refined, tuneful society of musical instruments.

If you have a finely tuned ear you will notice many instances of flat pitch by Dominique Tinguely's otherwise exceptionally well played recorder (regarding the recorder--or, for that matter, the lute--the fault is always the instrument, never the player), and yes, the recorder is a tough challenge. Few players manage to get through an entire piece without some intonational glitch, and here, due to Telemann's unrelenting virtuoso recorder writing, there's no refuge for the player. Tinguely is cool and confident, but for the serious listener there's no assuaging of guilt--the recorder is not consistently true to its written pitch.

Recorder issues aside, I loved this recording and this is based primarily on the cohesiveness of the ensemble, the vibrant energy in the playing, and Linn's strikingly up-close, almost touch-the-instruments presence. As I said, the world always can use more Telemann...

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quadro for Recorder, Oboe, Violin and Basso Continuo in G major, TWV 43: G 6 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridiana
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Church, Walmgate (The Ear 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in E minor, TV 42 no e 11 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridiana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Church, Walmgate (The Ear 
Length: 12 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3.
Essercizii musici, P 47: no 6, Trio Sonata no 3 in G minor, TV 42 no g 5 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridiana
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1740; Germany 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Church, Walmgate (The Ear 
Length: 10 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Essercizii musici, P 47: no 14, Trio Sonata in F major, TV 42 no F 3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridiana
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1740; Germany 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Church, Walmgate (The Ear 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Violin and Basso continuo in A minor, TV 43 no a 3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridiana
Venue:  St. Margaret's Church, Walmgate (The Ear 
Length: 9 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6.
Trio for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo in B minor, TV 42 no h 6: Largo by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridiana
Venue:  St. Margaret's Church, Walmgate (The Ear 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7.
Trio Sonata for Recorder, Violin and Basso Continuo in D minor, TV 42 no d 10 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridiana
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Church, Walmgate (The Ear 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Quartet in G major, TWV 43:G6: I. Allegro
Quartet in G major, TWV 43:G6: II. Grave
Quartet in G major, TWV 43:G6: III. Allegro
Sonata in E minor, TWV 42:e11: I. Tendrement
Sonata in E minor, TWV 42:e11: II. Viste gay
Sonata in E minor, TWV 42:e11: III. Grave
Sonata in E minor, TWV 42:e11: IV. Allegrement
Essercizii musici: Trio in G minor, TWV 42:g5: I. Mesto
Essercizii musici: Trio in G minor, TWV 42:g5: II. Allegro
Essercizii musici: Trio in G minor, TWV 42:g5: III. Andante
Essercizii musici: Trio in G minor, TWV 42:g5: IV. Vivace
Essercizii musici: Trio in F major, TWV 42:F3: I. Vivace
Essercizii musici: Trio in F major, TWV 42:F3: II. Mesto
Essercizii musici: Trio in F major, TWV 42:F3: III. Allegro
Quartet in A minor, TWV 43:a3: I. Adagio
Quartet in A minor, TWV 43:a3: II. Allegro
Quartet in A minor, TWV 43:a3: III. Adagio
Quartet in A minor, TWV 43:a3: IV. Vivace
Trio in B minor, TWV 42:h6
Flute Sonata in D minor, TWV 42:d10: I. Allegro
Flute Sonata in D minor, TWV 42:d10: II. Adagio
Flute Sonata in D minor, TWV 42:d10: III. Allegro
Flute Sonata in D minor, TWV 42:d10: IV. Presto

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