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The Gentleman's Flute

Temmingh,Stefan
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 772   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan TemminghAxel WolfDomen MarincicLyndon Watts,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An entire disc of solo recorder music usually presents a challenge for a listener--regardless of the claims in the notes to this mostly impressive program that the recorder "is probably the instrument that is closest to the human voice", there is a sameness to the timbre and limitations to articulation and dynamics, not to mention a penetrating quality that can tax the ear after 15 or 20 minutes. Stefan Temmingh wisely chose a program that's quite varied in its array of instrumental arrangements (newly constructed by Temmingh for this recording) and in its selection of works primarily drawn from Handel operas.

In Handel's London it was a given that soon after each new opera's premiere, arrangements of arias from the
Read more work would be published and sold to the large numbers of amateur musicians who ate them up on the order of say, consumers of Beatles records in the '60s or Harry Potter books in recent years. And that's the thing: these pieces were designed for players to enjoy in their homes with family and/or friends; clearly they were/are more fun to play than to just sit back and listen to at a stretch.

We certainly can go a long way in admiring Temmingh's technique--although I always have preferred Michala Petri's style, tone, and virtuosity, whatever the repertoire--however, it's difficult to regard these pieces (out of their operatic context) as anything other than intended: momentarily entertaining confections. Not that there's anything wrong with that--and if you're interested in such an indulgence, you'll be mostly happy with the program on display here. I say "mostly" because in at least two of the slower arias--"Lascia ch'io pianga" and the disc's concluding "Convey me to some peaceful shore"--Temmingh plays ever-so-slightly and consistently under pitch, a fate that every recorder player suffers from time to time but that shouldn't be preserved so perfectly on disc.

As mentioned, the arrangements benefit from the varied instrumental combinations--which include baroque bassoon, gamba, baroque harp, and psaltery(!)--and there are several very exciting and impeccably executed fast pieces and passages that allow Temmingh to put his virtuosity on full display. The sound is bright and complementary. You know if you want this.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
2.
Alcina, HWV 34: Tornami a vagheggiar by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
3.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: V'adoro pupille by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
4.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Il vostro maggio by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
5.
Alcina, HWV 34: Verdi prati by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
6.
Alcina, HWV 34: Un momento di contento by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
7.
Alcina, HWV 34: Musette by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
8.
Alcina, HWV 34: Credete al mio dolore by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
9.
Saul, HWV 53: Sinfonia no 1 "Bell" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; London, England 
10.
Alcina, HWV 34: Di te mi rido by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
11.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
12.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Sulla routa di fortuna by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
13.
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Tu mia speranza by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
14.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Bel piacere by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
15.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Venti, turbini by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
16.
Alexander Balus, HWV 65: Convey me to some Peaceful shore by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1748; England 
17.
Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 360/Op. 1 no 2 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefan Temmingh (Recorder), Axel Wolf (Lute), Domen Marincic (Viola Da Gamba),
Lyndon Watts (Bassoon), Olga Watts (Harpsichord), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Olga Mishula (Psaltry)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1726-1732; London, England 

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