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Telemann: 12 Fantasias For Recorder Solo; Bach: Partita Bwv 1013 / Erik Bosgraaf


Release Date: 09/02/2008 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93757   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georg Philipp TelemannJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



TELEMANN Fantasias, TWV 40/2–13. BACH Partita in c, BWV 1013 Erik Bosgraaf (rcr) BRILLIANT 93757 (69: 36)


I suppose that there are those who find the idea of over an hour of unaccompanied recorder music about as exciting as a cup of raw white rice. Too many of us, after all, have suffered through our own efforts to play the recorder, or perhaps the efforts of more or less diligent Read more offspring. We shouldn’t blame the innocent recorder, though, for its reputation. It’s more than just the kazoo’s elder brother.


In The Pirates of Penzance , William S. Gilbert has the Major-General “hum a fugue of which [he’s] heard the music’s din afore.” One well might wonder how a single person, unless he’s Tuvan, can hum a fugue. The recorder can play a fugue no more than the Major-General can hum one, but it can fool the ear into thinking it can play harmonies, especially if it is played in a suitably reverberant location. Such is the case here. It might seem perverse to mention a recording venue before mentioning anything else about a recording. Nevertheless, the Dutch church where this CD was recorded in April 2008 does its share to increase the appeal of the music and of Erik Bosgraaf’s playing. The notes hang in the air and combine with each other, and the result is warm and comforting, not at all confusing to the ears or the brain.


It once was suggested that these 12 fantasias were intended for the solo violin, but as no multiple stopping is indicated, they almost certainly were written with the transverse flute in mind. To play them on a recorder—in this case, one of Bosgraaf’s three different instruments (alto recorder, soprano recorder, or voice flute)—transpositions have been made in all but the third, sixth, and 12th fantasias. On Sabina Frey’s recording of these works (Novalis 150 186), only alto recorders are used, although one can’t accuse her performances of monotony. Bosgraaf’s performances are jauntier than Frey’s, though, in part because his tempos are, almost without exception, significantly faster. His approach is less formal, and unmistakably inspired by the spirit of the dance, so perhaps one could call this “rustic” Telemann.


Partly because of his faster tempos, Bosgraaf can offer a significant bonus: Bach’s C-Minor Partita, which also was intended for the flute. (Here, it is played on a different alto recorder.) Bosgraaf adopts a more academic style for this work, although he is not dull.


The booklet contains a useful essay by Thiemo Wind, in which Telemann’s use of dance forms and “pseudo-polyphony” is discussed.


Bosgraaf still is in his twenties, and approaches this music with scholarship, imagination, and technical skill. He can be enthusiastically recommended to anyone who wants his or her Telemann (and Bach) to be less contemplative, and a little more spontaneous.


FANFARE: Raymond Tuttle
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo, TV 40 no 2-13 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1732; Hamburg, Germany 
2.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 1 in A major, TV 40 no 2/P 25 no 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 2 in A minor, TV 40 no 3/P 25 no 2 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 3 in B minor, TV 40 no 4/P 25 no 3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 4 in B flat major, TV 40 no 5/P 25 no 4 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 5 in C major, TV 40 no 6/P 25 no 5 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 6 in D minor, TV 40 no 7/P 25 no 6 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1732; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 7 in D major, TV 40 no 8/P 25 no 7 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
9.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 8 in E minor, TV 40 no 9/P 25 no 8 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 9 in E major, TV 40 no 10/P 25 no 9 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
11.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 10 in F sharp minor, TV 40 no 11/P 25 no 10 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
12.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 11 in G major, TV 40 no 12/P 25 no 11 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
13.
Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 12 in G minor TV 40 no 13/P 25 no 12 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
14.
Partita for Flute solo in A minor, BWV 1013 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Erik Bosgraaf (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1720s; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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