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Telemann: Concerti For Oboe And Oboe D'amore / Dombrecht


Release Date: 02/26/2002 
Label:  Passacaille   Catalog #: 901   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Paul Dombrecht
Conductor:  Paul Dombrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Fondamento
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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TELEMANN Oboe Concertos: in c; in d; in D; in e. Oboe d’amore Concertos: in A; in G Paul Dombrecht (ob, oba); Il Fondamento (period instruments) PASSACAILLE 901 (72:09)


Georg Philipp Telemann’s remarkable fecundity served him well in life, but it nearly sabotaged his historical standing. His seemingly endless output was rightfully admired by his contemporaries, but it became a burden for succeeding generations who found it hard to believe that quality could be achieved with such apparent ease. Although Read more there are, for sure, moments of note-spinning in his music, most of it exists at a high level. But there was no (or, at least none yet found) transcendent masterpiece like Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion or, for that matter, Messiah , to ignite fervent advocacy. Evaluating his vast legacy has taken much longer than creating it. Simply keeping track of individual pieces can be arduous. There is a catalog of his works, but, unlike Köchel, Ryom, or BWV, its application is spotty. How many oboe concertos did Telemann actually write? It’s hard to say. I’ve identified 15 (including three for oboe d’amore) among my holdings. Norton/Grove isn’t much help; it lists groups of compositions, not individual ones, probably saving enough paper to forestall bankruptcy. A Novalis recording by Thomas Indermühle actually numbers the concertos, with the highest number, 23, assigned to the G-Major Oboe d’amore Concerto—which also appears on the present disc.


A persistent self-promoter, Telemann was well aware of the prevailing winds and more open to emerging trends than his friend Bach. His music is generally lighter and more tuneful, but always inventive. There are some strikingly dramatic moments in the C-Minor and D-Minor concertos that open this disc, but over all, there is a remarkable diversity within an apparently set structure. Unlike Bach, Telemann rarely embraced Vivaldi’s three-movement pattern (fast-slow-fast) for his concertos, preferring the French four-movement construction (slow-fast-slow-fast). The veteran Baroque oboist Paul Dombrecht knows the idiom well. He recorded a disc of Telemann’s chamber music three decades ago. On his new release he plays and directs his period-instrument ensemble, Il Fondamento, in comfortably warm and sensitive performances. Dombrecht’s readings may have a little less bite than the modern-instrument versions by Heinz Holliger for Philips and Indermühle, but they are no less satisfying.


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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Oboe in C minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Paul Dombrecht (Oboe)
Conductor:  Paul Dombrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Fondamento
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2. Concerto for Oboe in D minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Paul Dombrecht (Oboe)
Conductor:  Paul Dombrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Fondamento
Period: Baroque 
3. Concerto for Oboe in D major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Paul Dombrecht (Oboe)
Conductor:  Paul Dombrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Fondamento
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4. Concerto for Oboe in E minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Paul Dombrecht (Oboe)
Conductor:  Paul Dombrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Fondamento
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5. Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Paul Dombrecht (Oboe d'amore)
Conductor:  Paul Dombrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Fondamento
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
6. Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in G major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Paul Dombrecht (Oboe d'amore)
Conductor:  Paul Dombrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Fondamento
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

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