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Telemann: Suites / Pinnock, English Concert

Release Date: 08/31/2006 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 437558   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Gavin EdwardsAndrew [French Horn] ClarkTrevor PinnockLorraine Wood,   ... 
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fine music, fine playing and a sympathetic recorded sound. What more could one want?

The three orchestral suites on this disc afford splendid examples of Telemann's seemingly inexhaustible invention in this sphere. The best-known of the suites is that in C major for three oboes, bassoon and strings. It's one of countless pieces that demonstrate Telemann's sympathy for and knowledge of the oboe. The movements are effectively contrasted with the composer juxtaposing for example a vigorous Bourree en trompette with a drowsy ''Sommeille'' whose somnolent quavers have almost hypnotic powers. Pinnock revels in scene-painting of this kind, just as he invariably hits upon effective tempos for the dances.

The Suite
Read more in D is much less often performed than the C major work and, as far as I know, has existed in only one other commercially recorded version (Archiv, 5/64), long since deleted. The scoring here is for a pair of oboes doubling the violin parts and two hunting horns. A less even piece, perhaps, than the other two suites, it nevertheless has a resonant overture in the customary French manner with a decided air of occasion, and an Ecossaise whose 'Scotch snaps' give it an engagingly authentic character. The horn soloists Andrew Clark and Gavin Edwards make a fine contribution with infectiously robust playing and a sound which scorches the string texture and highlights its ceremonial character.

Lastly, Pinnock has chosen a Suite in B flat, hitherto unrecorded on disc but unquestionably in Telemann's best manner. The scoring here is similar to that of the C major Suite and, as before, the oboe writing is idiomatic and unfailingly attractive. In this piece more than the other two, Telemann the eclectic is apparent, drawing fluently from France, Italy and central Europe. Paul Goodwin, Lorraine Wood and Sophia McKenna (oboes), with Alberto Grazzi (bassoon) make a pleasingly balanced quartet with only the occasional hint of tonal insecurity, and they are complemented by a first-rate string ensemble, as warm in sound as I can ever remember from this ensemble.

Fine music, fine playing and a sympathetic recorded sound. What more could one want? An invigorating programme. More please!

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [6/1993]
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Works on This Recording

Suite for 2 Horns and Strings in D major, TV 55 no D 19 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Gavin Edwards (French Horn), Andrew [French Horn] Clark (French Horn), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord),
Lorraine Wood (Oboe), Paul Goodwin (Oboe)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 25 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Suite for 3 Oboes, Bassoon and Strings in B major, TV 55 no B 10 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Lorraine Wood (Oboe), Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon), Sophia McKenna (Oboe),
Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord), Paul Goodwin (Oboe)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 26 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Overture-Suite for 3 Oboes, Strings and Basso continuo in C major, TV 55 no C 6 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Paul Goodwin (Oboe), Lorraine Wood (Oboe), Sophia McKenna (Oboe),
Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord), Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: Frankfurt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 28 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Frankfurt, Germany (1712 - 1726). 

Customer Reviews

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 I GET A KICK OUT OF... November 14, 2014 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "...Telemann and his sense of humor in giving his suites, and the intervening movements in those suites, the various names. Some time ago I got this particular disc containing the three suites in question, and the D-major suite particularly tickles my funnybone, because in one movement in question he was not joking. The section titled Ecossaise is a real, honest-to-gosh Scottish dance called the Strathspey (so called because its origins are in the strath, or valley, of the Spey, a river in southeastern Scotland). It's slower than most other Scottish dances---two other prime examples are by Malcolm Arnold (the first of four Scottish dances) and William Alwyn (a little number called Colonel Thornton's Strathspey)---not only fun to listen to, but if I knew the steps I would try them myself! The English Concert does itself proud in this and the other two suites in this collection.:)" Report Abuse
 RADU August 6, 2014 By RADU VIDRASCU (FALLS CHURCH, VA) See All My Reviews "Very nice music and interpretation. ArkivMusic should take care of packing the CD's. This one arrived with the plastic cover box damaged. Fortunately, the CD was intact." Report Abuse
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