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Telemann: The Complete Tafelmusik / Freiburger Barockorchester

Telemann / Freiburger Barockorchester
Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902042  
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Gottfried Von der GoltzPetra Müllejans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



I was reminded time and again that Telemann's music is extraordinarily good, and amazed at the quality of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra's performances. This is an unmitigated joy.

– Gramophone [1/2011]

Telemann's Table Music is a wonderful, compendious work in three "productions", each of which consists of an overture, a quartet, a concerto, a trio, a sonata, and an orchestral conclusion. The music is amazingly varied and consistently delightful--and so is this set's packaging, with each disc coming in a slipcase decorated with increasing pieces of tableware until you have a complete place-setting. To be honest, I rather dreaded
Read more listening to this set because the Freiburgers take great pride in offering the most hideous version of "authentic" string sound this side of Roger Norrington, but I need not have worried.

True, the works that feature solo strings, such as the A major violin sonata, or the Concerto for Three Violins, could only have been improved with a touch more vibrato and some warmth to the tone, but the players' impeccable intonation counts for a great deal, and the wind players are pretty terrific. Outstanding items include the Oboe Sonata in G minor, the Triple Concerto for Flute, Violin, and Cello, the Double Horn Concerto, and the Flute Sonata in B minor. That's a lot of great stuff. And when the entire ensemble plays together, lively tempos and a characterful variety of continuo sounds offer a feast for the ears. It all goes to show that this particular baroque orchestra really does sound best in baroque music, and should stay within its Fach.

Given the wide-ranging performance forces required for the various pieces, the engineering is remarkably consistent: clear but not spotlit, with an attractive room ambience. The continuo never overwhelms the solo lines, but as with so many "authentic" productions there's a good bit of performance noise. After a few minutes the ear adjusts, but it's a bit obtrusive. After hearing all four hours of this music several times, though, I can say without hesitation that if you want "original" instruments, this set fully lives up to the highest expectations. Of its kind, there is none better.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

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Tafelmusik by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Gottfried Von der Goltz,  Petra Müllejans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 

Sound Samples

Part I. Overture in E minor: I. Ouverture: Lentement - Vite - Lentement
Part I. Overture in E minor: II. Réjouissance
Part I. Overture in E minor: III. Rondeau
Part I. Overture in E minor: IV. Loure
Part I. Overture in E minor: V. Passepied
Part I. Overture in E minor: VI. Air, un peu vivement
Part I. Overture in E minor: VII. Gigue
Quartet in G major / Sol majeur / G-dur: I. Largo - Allegro - Largo
Quartet in G major / Sol majeur / G-dur: II. Vivace - Moderato - Vivace
Quartet in G major / Sol majeur / G-dur: III. Grave
Quartet in G major / Sol majeur / G-dur: IV. Vivace
Concerto for flute, violin and cello in A major / La majeur / A-dur: I. Largo - Allegro - Largo
Concerto for flute, violin and cello in A major / La majeur / A-dur: II. Allegro
Concerto for flute, violin and cello in A major / La majeur / A-dur: III. Gratioso
Concerto for flute, violin and cello in A major / La majeur / A-dur: IV. Allegro
Trio in E flat major / Mi bémol majeur / Es-dur: I. Affettuoso
Trio in E flat major / Mi bémol majeur / Es-dur: II. Vivace
Trio in E flat major / Mi bémol majeur / Es-dur: III. Grave
Trio in E flat major / Mi bémol majeur / Es-dur: IV. Allegro
Flute Sonata in B minor / si mineur / h-moll: I. Cantabile
Flute Sonata in B minor / si mineur / h-moll: II. Allegro
Flute Sonata in B minor / si mineur / h-moll: III. Dolce
Flute Sonata in B minor / si mineur / h-moll: IV. Allegro
Sinfonia in E minor, 'Conclusion' / mi mineur / e-moll: Allegro
Part II. Overture in D major: I. Ouverture: Lentement
Part II. Overture in D major: II. Air: Tempo giusto
Part II. Overture in D major: III. Air: Vivace
Part II. Overture in D major: IV. Air: Presto
Part II. Overture in D major: V. Air: Allegro
Quartet in D minor / ré mineur / d-moll: I. Andante
Quartet in D minor / ré mineur / d-moll: II. Vivace
Quartet in D minor / ré mineur / d-moll: III. Largo
Quartet in D minor / ré mineur / d-moll: IV. Allegro

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