Notes and Editorial Reviews
Trio Sonatas for Violin, Recorder, and Continuo:
TWV 42:d10; 42:a1; 42:F8; 42:f2; 42:a4; 42:f1.
Trio Sonatas for Oboe, Recorder, and Continuo
TWV 42:e6; 42:F9; 42:c7; 42:a6; 42:c2; 42:F15.
Da, Jesu, deinen Ruhm zu mehren
Fabio Biondi (vn);
Lorenzo Cavasanti (fl);
Alfredo Bernardini (ob);
BRILLIANT 93873 (2 CDs: 112:37)
There is a biblical injunction that when one gives, the left hand should not know what the right hand is doing. Brilliant seems to have taken this advice to heart. The front and back of this release, as well as the cover of the CD booklet, promise us the “Trio Sonatas for Violin, Flute & B.C. (complete).” What the discs contain, as the CD booklet discusses, are the complete sonatas for violin, recorder, and continuo. Compounding its mistake, Brilliant identifies Trio Sonata TWV 42: F8 as 42:f8. Taking things a step further, Brilliant identifies the last sonata on Disc 1 as TWV 42:f1, which the Telemann catalog identifies as being for two violins or two recorders, though it was apparently played in other combinations. But to add to the difficulty of identification, the first movement is listed as Triste, while the Telemann catalog gives Adagio. Brilliant does seem to have got things right regarding the sonatas for oboe, recorder, and continuo on disc 2.
I have been reviewing more than a few Telemann discs recently, and I continue to marvel at his inventiveness and fund of melody. These works are attractive, enjoyable pieces. The performances are extremely lively, but with reasonable tempos, and the performers are obviously enjoying themselves immensely. Their playing reminded me of Peter Schickele’s description of his creation P. D. Q. Bach getting together with his friends for a “hot session of trio sonatas.” I can do no better than quote Brian Robins in describing another Tripla Concordia release: “Best of all is the sheer musicality of playing that is always responsive to ideas of a well-turned phrase or piquant rhythm” (22:3).
These discs were previously released by Stradivarius, though they seem to have escaped notice in
. Anyone who enjoys Baroque chamber music will find this a very rewarding release, especially at Brilliant’s bargain price.
FANFARE: Ron Salemi
Works on This Recording
Da Jesu, deinen Ruhm, TV 1 no 531 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Monica Piccinini (Soprano)
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