TELEMANN Solos: for Flute and Continuo in C; for Harpsichord in A; for Violin in F. Trio Sonatas: TWV 42:A6; TWV 42:a4; TWV 42:B4 • Collegium Pro Musica (period instruments) • STRADIVARIUS 33774 (64:04)
Telemann’s Essercizii musicii, published in 1740, consists of 12 solos and 12 trio sonatas. The works are arranged in two groups of alternating solos and trios. The 12 solos are for one instrument and basso continuo, except for twoRead more suites for solo harpsichord. The essercizii (studies) of the title may refer to the combining of different instruments. The works abound with the appealing tunefulness that makes Telemann’s work so attractive. The Gavotte in the harpsichord suite, solo 12, is one of those melodies that will be running in your head for days.
Collegium Pro Musica’s selections are mostly centered on those works employing the recorder; solo 1 is for violin, and solo 12 is a harpsichord suite. Their performances are lively and expert. Continuo instruments are used in different combinations, presumably for the sake of variety. I compared these performances with a recording of the complete Essercizii musicii by Battalia on Alba. Both groups approach these works in a similar way, and there is very little to choose between them in terms of performance.
Anyone wanting to sample the Essercizii musicii will find this disc an excellent place to start.