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Don Quichotte In Hamburg - Telemann, Etc / De Witt, Et Al


Release Date: 10/19/2005 
Label:  Raum Klang   Catalog #: 25026   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georg Philipp TelemannFrancesco B. ContiJohann Mattheson
Performer:  Kerstin de WittMichael Metzler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra Hamburg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews





I have discussed elsewhere the migration of the French orchestral suite to Germany, as well as noting the most gifted advocates of the genre, its structure, and its peculiarities. All that need be said here is that this CD contains four suites by three composers who chose to follow in the musical footsteps of Jean-Baptiste Lully and are therefore members of a group that is collectively known as Les Lullistes .


Telemann, Mattheson, and Conti are associated with opera in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg at the height of Read more the Baroque era and with the exception of the two overtures by Telemann, the remaining music is drawn from operas by Johann Mattheson and Conti. The only previous recording of Francesco B. Conti?s music that I know is the cantata Languet anima mea that graced a 2002 Hänssler release of music owned by Bach. This disc appears to have been deleted, and can probably only be located in resale shops or on various Internet sites specializing in used CDs. However, the Conti cantata also appears on a recent release from Universal Classics (Archiv 000468902) featuring Magdalena Kozena .


Elbipolis is a young Hamburg-based German string ensemble that takes its name from a satirical novel by Christian Hunold. Elbipolis simply means ?City on the Elbe.? The ensemble?with the exception of the continuo group?performs one to a part. Here, they are augmented where required by a recorder and discreet percussion. While they are not the first to visit Telemann?s ?Burlesque de Quixote,? Elbipolis tenders performances with refreshing vitality, making the music sound entirely novel, even to the ears of this auditor who owns four other recordings of this suite. In addition to the hallmarks of the period-instrument movement (improvised ornamentation and the like), Elbipolis seeks and finds the mock drama in each of the composers? works, presenting it with an appropriate tongue-in-cheek approach, but one that is never tossed off lightly. These are spirited performances, full of humor, grace, and joie de vivre . From first note to last, the music is proffered in a style and manner that makes this recording one of the best to land on my desk this year.


The notes by Jörg Jacobi are also exceptional and highly original; they completely eschew the facts concerning the lives and careers of the composers. Rather, they are a fabricated ?conversation? between Don Quichotte and Sancho Panza, and Messrs Telemann, Mattheson, and Conti! Of course Don Quichotte and his sidekick never visited Hamburg, and if they had, it would have been well before the time of these composers; nonetheless, the page is entertaining, enjoyable, and a welcome change from the material that we normally encounter.


Finally, why is Telemann?s ?La querelleuse? included on a disc that is otherwise the domain of Cervantes?s errant knight? If you know Cervantes, you?ll catch on immediately; if not, you?ll have to read the annotations to find out.


FANFARE: Michael Carter
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Works on This Recording

1.
Overture-Suite in G major, TV 55 no G 8 "La querelleuse" by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Kerstin de Witt (Recorder), Michael Metzler (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra Hamburg
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Schönefeld, Marzhana, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena: Overture by Francesco B. Conti
Performer:  Michael Metzler (Percussion), Kerstin de Witt (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra Hamburg
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1719; Vienna 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Schönefeld, Marzhana, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Die geheimen Begebenheiten Henrico IV, Königs von Castilien und Leon: Overture by Johann Mattheson
Performer:  Michael Metzler (Percussion), Kerstin de Witt (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra Hamburg
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Schönefeld, Marzhana, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4.
Overture-Suite for Strings and Basso continuo in G major, TV 55 no G 10 "Burlesque de Quixotte" by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Michael Metzler (Percussion), Kerstin de Witt (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra Hamburg
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Schönefeld, Marzhana, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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