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Telemann: String Concertos / Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln


Release Date: 07/18/2000 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 463074   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Among the world's great Baroque orchestras, there are three that belong in a class by themselves: Les Violons du Roy in Quebec, Canada, and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Musica Antiqua Köln, both in Germany. Listeners have come to expect the highest level of performance from these ensembles, upheld with unwavering consistency and unsurpassed authority--and, not least, marked by these orchestras' and their directors' understanding of what makes a performance really exciting for listeners. Now these are tough standards to maintain, but once again, one of this holy triumvirate has come through with a solid and unsurprisingly first rate effort. This time it's Musica Antiqua Köln in a program of seven Telemann concertos for various Read more combinations of strings. Director Reinhard Goebel makes a point in the liner notes of the Polish influences in Telemann's music, and indeed these and others--especially Italian--are evident throughout these concertos. In fact, styles often clash within the same piece, and it's interesting to hear Goebel's and the orchestra's unreserved expression of these colorful moments. The works range from the second-drawer Divertimento in A major to some top-flight, edge-of-your-seat exciting stuff (the opening of the B-flat major divertimento, for instance). There's also a terrific concerto for two solo violins and another for viola. If there's a weakness, it's in the several uninspired movements sprinkled among the sturdier, more eloquent ones. For the most part, we're hearing some of Telemann's most irresistible, ingeniously written music for strings, and if the idea of these pieces is entertainment, it does the job and then some. The close-up, vibrant sound is very realistic if just a bit edgy.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto polonois in G major, Z 9 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
2.
Concerto polonois for Strings and Basso Continuo in B flat major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
3.
Divertimento for Strings and Basso Continuo in A major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
4.
Divertimento for Strings and Basso Continuo in B flat major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
5.
Concerto for Viola in G major, TV 51 no G 9 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1716-1721; Frankfurt, Germany 
6.
Concerto for 2 Violas in G major, TV 52 no G 3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
7.
Concerto "a sei" for 2 Violins solo, 2 Violins ripieno and Viola in G major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 

Sound Samples

Concerto polonois in G major for Strings and B.C. (43:G7): 1. Dolce
Concerto polonois in G major for Strings and B.C. (43:G7): 2. Allegro
Concerto polonois in G major for Strings and B.C. (43:G7): 3. Largo
Concerto polonois in G major for Strings and B.C. (43:G7): 4. Allegro
Concerto polonois in B flat major for Strings and B.C. (43:B3): 1. Polonoise
Concerto polonois in B flat major for Strings and B.C. (43:B3): 2. Allegro
Concerto polonois in B flat major for Strings and B.C. (43:B3): 3. Largo
Concerto polonois in B flat major for Strings and B.C. (43:B3): 4. Allegro
Divertimento in A major for Strings and B.C. (50:22): 1. Presto
Divertimento in A major for Strings and B.C. (50:22): 2. Scherzo I. Gaglierdamente
Divertimento in A major for Strings and B.C. (50:22): 3. Scherzo II/III/II/IV/II
Divertimento in A major for Strings and B.C. (50:22): 4. Scherzo V/VI/V
Divertimento in B flat major for Strings and B.C. (50:23): 1. Allegro assai
Divertimento in B flat major for Strings and B.C. (50:23): 2. Scherzo I/II/I
Divertimento in B flat major for Strings and B.C. (50:23): 3. Scherzo III/IV/III
Divertimento in B flat major for Strings and B.C. (50:23): 4. Scherzo V. Con giubilo
Divertimento in B flat major for Strings and B.C. (50:23): 5. Scherzo VI. Arlechinoso
Viola Concerto in G (51:G9): 1. Largo
Viola Concerto in G (51:G9): 2. Allegro
Viola Concerto in G (51:G9): 3. Andante
Viola Concerto in G (51:G9): 4. Presto
Concerto in G "a sei" (52:G2): 1. Grave
Concerto in G "a sei" (52:G2): 2. Allegro
Concerto in G "a sei" (52:G2): 3. Largo
Concerto in G "a sei" (52:G2): 4. Presto
Concerto in G for 2 Viols, Strings and B.C. (52:G3): 1. (Lent)
Concerto in G for 2 Viols, Strings and B.C. (52:G3): 2. Gai
Concerto in G for 2 Viols, Strings and B.C. (52:G3): 3. Largo
Concerto in G for 2 Viols, Strings and B.C. (52:G3): 4. Vif

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