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Telemann: Concerti Per Strumenti Vari

Telemann / Accademia Hermans / Ciofini
Release Date: 01/08/2013 
Label:  Bottega Discantica   Catalog #: 194   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Claudia Quondam [Hunting Horn] AngeloMarco VenturiLuca LucchettaRocco Carbonara,   ... 
Conductor:  Fabio Ciofini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Hermans
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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TELEMANN Concertos: in F for 2 horns; in d for 2 chalumeaux; in G for violin; in F for recorder and bassoon; in e for flute and recorder Fabio Ciofini, cond; Accademia Hermans (period instruments) LA BOTTEGA DISCANTICA 194 (61:28)


The actual title of this disc, Concerti per strumenti vari , pretty much says it all on several levels. On one, there seems to be no real reason for the program other than the obvious one; that is, five concertos for one or more Read more instruments, some rather unusual: This was Georg Philipp Telemann’s forte as a composer. On another, the Accademia Hermans, has chosen this to showcase their talents as a baroque ensemble with a program of substantial variety. And on a third, it seems like a good alternative exploration into Telemann’s substantial corpus by an Italian ensemble, as opposed to the expanding number of discs recorded by northern European period-instrument groups. Whatever the reasons behind it, the pieces on this disc have been recorded before, especially the E-Minor Flute and Recorder Concerto. What is more, the competition is especially stiff, with excellent renditions by Michael Schneider and La Stagione, so it is a bit tricky to find the exact niche into which this particular recording fits. It is certainly not helped by the rather generic booklet notes by Silvia Paparelli, with the usual paeans to Telemann’s use of folk tunes, or the lack of TWV numbers that might give a clue as to Fabio Ciofini’s choices of repertory.


This of course means that the performance itself must be the focus. Conductor Ciofini provides reasonable tempos and the playing by Accademia Hermans is very good. There are no bobbles or intonation problems, and the sense of ensemble shows a group that has obviously become extremely cohesive. Marco Venturi and Claudia Angelo synchronize well in the double horn concerto, providing a clear and unambiguous sound. It may be lacking some of the raucousness of Telemann’s usual chasse parts, but the performance is crisp and clean. The second Adagio of the double chalumeau concerto is positively mesmerizing, with the line of each in turn floating above the raindrop punctuation of the strings. The blend when both come together is dark and mysterious, aided by the close interaction of soloists Lucca Lucchetta and Rocco Carbonara. Violinist Enrico Gatti is a technical wizard, performing the difficult roulades of the first Allegro of the violin concerto with ease and dexterity. Onno Verschoor’s recorder playing is equally expert, handling the dialogue between his instrument and a fiendish bassoon part, performed by Elena Bianchi, with studied ease and a nice ear to phrasing. When he joins Fabio Ceccarelli’s flauto traverse in the E-Minor Concerto, long a favorite of players, the insistent final Presto in particular demonstrates both skill and adroitness. In short, this is a nicely done disc, whose performers are clean, on pitch, and have a good sense of baroque phrasing.


Apart from the perfunctory (and sometimes potted) notes, the only thing that I noticed is that the performances themselves are rather, well, Vivaldian. The tempos, the phrasing, the crispness and clarity of the solo lines, particularly in the sequences, and the interpretation makes it sound like these were works of the Venetian master. There is no doubt that Vivaldi had an enormous, even seminal, influence on the development of the concerto during this period, but here I find the interpretation just a bit clinical and squared off, as if to state not so subtly that Telemann was somehow creating in Vivaldi’s shadow. That may indeed not have been the intent of the ensemble or conductor, but I find that these performances, precise and musical as they are, overlook some of Telemann’s musical stylistic peculiarities, such as the duple-triplet juxtaposition of the double chalameau concerto’s final movement. It is there, of course, but other performances, such as that by La Stagione, emphasize them rather better for my taste. Still, this disc is a fine recording of some interesting and unusual works, and if you don’t already have these varied concertos in your Telemann collection, you would not go amiss in acquiring it.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Horns in F major, TV 52 no F 4 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Claudia Quondam [Hunting Horn] Angelo (Hunting Horn), Marco Venturi (Hunting Horn)
Conductor:  Fabio Ciofini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Hermans
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1726-1730; Germany 
Venue:  l'Abbazia di San Pietro in Valle - Feren 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for 2 Clarinets in D minor, TV 52 no d 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Luca Lucchetta (Chalumeau), Rocco Carbonara (Chalumeau)
Conductor:  Fabio Ciofini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Hermans
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  l'Abbazia di San Pietro in Valle - Feren 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for violin, unison violins & continuo in G major, TWV 51:G6 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Enrico Gatti (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Ciofini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Hermans
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1716 
Venue:  l'Abbazia di San Pietro in Valle - Feren 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for 2 Horns in F major, TV 52 no F 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Onno Verschoor (Recorder), Elena Bianchi (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Fabio Ciofini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Hermans
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716-1725; Germany 
Venue:  l'Abbazia di San Pietro in Valle - Feren 
Length: 15 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Recorder and Flute in E minor, TV 52 no e 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Onno Verschoor (Recorder)
Conductor:  Fabio Ciofini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Hermans
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  l'Abbazia di San Pietro in Valle - Feren 
Length: 13 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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