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Telemann In The French Style / Hanoverian Ensemble

Release Date: 02/10/2009 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1309   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Monica GerardKent TritleJordan FrazierArthur Fiacco,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

TELEMANN Overture in e, TWV 55:e1. Quartet for Flute, Violin, Cello, and B.C. in e, TWV 43:e4. Trios for 2 Flutes and B.C. in b, TWV 42:b5; in e, TWV 42:e11 Hanoverian Ens (period instruments) MSR 1309 (68:37)

MSR entitles this disc “Telemann in the French Style,” but this actually is a bit of a Read more misnomer. While it is true that the movement names are in French, the notes to this disc readily admit that Telemann’s cosmopolitan style combines elements of French, Italian, and German composition.

The Overture in E Minor is the most familiar of the works on this disc. It is the first work in set 1of the Musique de table . Although this music is usually played by a small orchestra, the Overture here is played one player to a part. This gives a different, more intimate, sound than usual. The French connection for the Quartet in E Minor comes from Telemann’s publication of the work in Paris as No. 6 of his Nouveaux quatuors . The quartets are in the form of suites, with a French overture followed by dance movements. The two trios follow the sonata da chiesa style of four movements, slow-fast-slow-fast. All four works display Telemann’s gift for writing music that the notes rightly describe as “both conceptually challenging and readily accessible.”

The performances are generally expert and lively. Tempos are reasonable. The Trio in B Minor does not seem to be available elsewhere, and I only find one other recording of the Trio in E Minor, on a Centaur recording that I have not heard. The Overture, of course, is available in many performances, either individually or as part of complete recordings of the Musique de table ; although there may be other recordings which reduce the players to one to a part, I am not aware of one. I have the Quartet in a recording of the complete Paris Quartets on Brilliant, but I find the Hanoverian Ensemble’s performance preferable because of its more reasonable tempos.

This recording can be recommended for someone wanting to sample Telemann’s chamber music.

FANFARE: Ron Salemi
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Works on This Recording

Tafelmusik, Part 1: no 1, Overture for 2 Flutes, 2 Violins and Strings in E minor, TV 55 no e 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Monica Gerard (Viola), Kent Tritle (Harpsichord), Jordan Frazier (Double Bass),
Arthur Fiacco (Cello), John Solum (Flute), Richard Wyton (Flute),
Krista Bennion-Feeney (Violin), Claire Jolivet (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Nouveaux quatuors en six suites "Paris Quartets": no 6 in E minor, TV 43 no e 4 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Monica Gerard (Viola), John Solum (Flute), Arthur Fiacco (Cello),
Claire Jolivet (Violin), Kent Tritle (Harpsichord), Jordan Frazier (Double Bass),
Krista Bennion-Feeney (Violin), Richard Wyton (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; Paris, France 
Sonata for 2 Flutes and Basso continuo in B minor, TV 42 no h 5 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Arthur Fiacco (Cello), Kent Tritle (Harpsichord), Richard Wyton (Flute),
Claire Jolivet (Violin), Monica Gerard (Viola), Jordan Frazier (Double Bass),
Krista Bennion-Feeney (Violin), John Solum (Flute)
Period: Baroque 

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