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Telemann: Tenor Cantatas; Recorder Sonatas

Telemann / La Tempesta Basel / Bertin;
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Enchiriadis   Catalog #: 2038   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Muriel Rochat RienthFélix Rienth
Conductor:  Muriel Rochat Rienth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempesta Basel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

TELEMANN Durchsuche dich, TWV 1:399. Du bist verflucht, TWV 1:358. Deine Toten warden leben, TWV 1:213. Seele, lerne dich erkennen, TWV 1:1258. Concerto a 3 in F, TWV 42:F14 . Recorder sonatas: in d, TWV 41:D4 . in Bb, TWV 41 B3 Read more class="ARIAL12">Muriel Rienth (rec, cond); Félix Rienth (ten); La Tempesta Basel (period instruments) ENCHIRIADIS 2038 (66:23 Text and Translation)

The Telemann revival has encouraged many performers to find hidden treasures within his sometimes generic works. The Harmonischer Gottesdienst , for example, was intended to provide workaday music for churches which may not have had either the personnel or resources for larger pieces. Telemann’s intent was to give high-quality works that would be performable by less than proficient musicians in settings that were easily obtainable, generally a melody instrument (either woodwind or violin) and basso continuo. The cantatas were divided into various voice “types” to insure that there would be something for everyone. The intent was over-achieved in that he crafted works that are intricate, musically complex, and not at all amateurish. Four cantatas from this series, all for “high” voice, recorder, and continuo, are included on this disc, which is the third to feature tenor Félix Rienth, and his second collaboration with his wife, recorder player Murial Rochat Rienth. Their ensemble, La Tempesta Basel, provides the backdrop and even appears in the interludes in a pair of recorder sonatas, as well as one rather interesting and unusual piece, a chamber concerto for recorder and trumpet.


The music, as noted, is all of excellent quality. The first cantata opens with a contemplative aria which rocks gently and provides a good contrast with the more energetic final one with its interwoven recorder solo. The second piece, which begins with the text “You are accursed” ( Du bist verflucht ), is admonitory, with a solid tread that devolves into a duet of rolling triplets that are quite virtuoso for both voice and recorder, as well as being a bit treacherous rhythmically. The first aria of Deine Toten is surely the source of Handel’s “Ye shall purify,” for the line is practically identical. Here the recorder and tenor weave an intricate contrapuntal dance as the line spins out, interrupted only by a short few bars of pastoral interlude. The final aria of the cantata Seele, lerne dich erkennen is a virtuoso tour de force for the recorder, with all of the soloistic ability of a concerto and the integration that one finds in Bach’s cantatas.


Of the instrumental pieces, the most interesting is the trumpet and recorder concerto, for which the ensemble has chosen the organ as the continuo keyboard instrument. This adds a nice layer of depth and allows the gamba to give the soloists a more solid foundational support. The trumpet part is quite tame, and indeed is more akin to a horn in range, which doesn’t conflict with the higher and softer recorder. The sound is thinner due to the conical bore. I am not entirely certain why the final movement, a nice minuet with some interesting interludes, was placed out of context at the end of the disc. The other two sonatas are typical of Telemann in their virtuoso writing for the recorder; the second movement Presto of the second sonata is particularly impressive in the skill required to perform the tortuous lines.


I like all the tempos, and there can be no doubt that the continuo group, whether using bassoon or gamba, harpsichord or organ, is solid and stable, just as it should be. Muriel Rienth’s recorder playing is lively, skillful, and accurate. I am pleased with the way she phrases the music in the sonatas and provides a nice foil for the trumpet in the concerto. Her real forte , however, is in the often difficult virtuosity demanded in the cantatas. Félix Rienth has a nicely resonant tenor that is capable of handling the various affects of the cantatas with ease. He has a good sense of the music’s phrases and contrasts necessary to outline the text. The recording quality is quite lively, with little reverberation or depth, which ordinarily would be an invitation to reveal flaws in musicality or technique. Thankfully there are extremely few of these, and the Tempesta Basel has emerged with a fine disc. The cantatas may not rise to the universal heights of the series by the Bergen Barokk, which is still my absolute model for Telemann’s cantatas, but it is certainly worthy of obtaining if you want an excellent performance of representative works.

FANFARE: Bertil van Boer
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Works on This Recording

1.
Durchsuche dich, du stolzer Geist, TV 1 no 399 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Muriel Rochat Rienth (Flute), Félix Rienth ()
Conductor:  Muriel Rochat Rienth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempesta Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725-1726 
Date of Recording: 07/2012 
Venue:  Collégiale de Saint-Ursanne, Jura (Suiza 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Concerto ŕ tre for Flute, Trumpet and Basso Continuo in F major, TV 42 no F 14: Allegro moderato by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Muriel Rochat Rienth (Flute)
Conductor:  Muriel Rochat Rienth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempesta Basel
Date of Recording: 07/2012 
Venue:  Collégiale de Saint-Ursanne, Jura (Suiza 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Concerto ŕ tre for Flute, Trumpet and Basso Continuo in F major, TV 42 no F 14: Loure by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Muriel Rochat Rienth (Flute)
Conductor:  Muriel Rochat Rienth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempesta Basel
Date of Recording: 07/2012 
Venue:  Collégiale de Saint-Ursanne, Jura (Suiza 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Du bist verflucht, TV 1 no 385 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Muriel Rochat Rienth (Flute), Félix Rienth ()
Conductor:  Muriel Rochat Rienth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempesta Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2012 
Venue:  Collégiale de Saint-Ursanne, Jura (Suiza 
Length: 10 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
Getreue Music-Meister: no 28, Sonata in B flat major, TV 41 no B 3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Muriel Rochat Rienth (Flute)
Conductor:  Muriel Rochat Rienth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempesta Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2012 
Venue:  Collégiale de Saint-Ursanne, Jura (Suiza 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Deine Toten werden leben, TV 1 no 213 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Muriel Rochat Rienth (Flute), Félix Rienth ()
Conductor:  Muriel Rochat Rienth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempesta Basel
Date of Recording: 07/2012 
Venue:  Collégiale de Saint-Ursanne, Jura (Suiza 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7.
Essercizii musici, P 47: no 7, Solo for Recorder and Basso Continuo in D minor, TV 41 no d 4 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Muriel Rochat Rienth (Flute)
Conductor:  Muriel Rochat Rienth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempesta Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1740; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2012 
Venue:  Collégiale de Saint-Ursanne, Jura (Suiza 
Length: 8 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8.
Seele, lerne dich erkennen by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Muriel Rochat Rienth (Flute), Félix Rienth ()
Conductor:  Muriel Rochat Rienth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempesta Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1725; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2012 
Venue:  Collégiale de Saint-Ursanne, Jura (Suiza 
Length: 10 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
Concerto a tre en fa mayor: Tempo di Menuetto by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Muriel Rochat Rienth (Flute)
Conductor:  Muriel Rochat Rienth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempesta Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1768 
Date of Recording: 07/2012 
Venue:  Collégiale de Saint-Ursanne, Jura (Suiza 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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