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Telemann: 5 Violin Concertos / Iona Brown, ASMF


Release Date: 07/31/1996 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 411125   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Iona Brown
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is a great pleasure to have Iona Brown’s recording of Telemann concertos back in the catalog... This has been a favorite record ever since I bought my copy as a college freshman. Listening to it now, several years later, it is as much a joy to hear as it was then. Deducting nostalgic attachment and the ‘emotional footprint’ that such long-cherished recordings leave in one’s perception, the 1983 recording stands up very well to the very little competition.

The five concertos are played a little more tamely than we are now used to from “HIP” baroque bands and those influenced by them. There’s a charming and broad, unapologetic old-fashionedness about the Academy’s bright playing (A=440hz), and this suits these Telemann
Read more concertos which are themselves neither particularly challenging nor deep works. I should add that they include the apocryphal concerto “No.11” in B-flat major which is not the recently discovered TWV 51:B1 but most likely from the skilled hand of Johann Ludwig Horn.

Telemann himself just short of disavowed these early works from his time in Eisenach. He says, in his 1718 autobiography: “I have to admit / that they have never grown dear to my heart / even though I wrote quite a lot of them. … I find in them many difficulties and crooked leaps / but little harmony and worse harmony, still…”.

He may have been a little harsh on himself, because slight or not, they present a baroque pleasantry in the best sense. And surely we care little today, some 300 years later, whether his style was old-fashioned - akin to Corelli, Albinoni, and Torelli; often employing the “Sonata da chiesa” – slow-fast-slow-fast – form - in the light of the ‘modern’ Vivaldi concertos that appeared at the time.

The combination of soloist and the string orchestra is striking for its coherence and eschews the flashy parts for a dominant soloist. Instead they are more interested in give and take between tutti and soloist. The last of the five concertos on this disc is the lovely G minor concerto with its plaintive slow movement that was good enough to be transcribed by Bach for harpsichord (BWV 985).

There are not many recordings of these semi-precious concertos around – and between the few there are, there is little overlap. Direct comparison to Elizabeth Wallfisch’s excellent recordings of the Telemann concertos meanwhile (volumes 1 and 2 reviewed by Jonathan Woolf) is not terribly enlightening. Apart from the different pitch, there is much grater intensity, seriousness, agility and explosiveness to be had with the L’Orfeo Barockorchester than ASMF. Next to each other, they almost sound like different pieces. Much as I like Wallfisch, the almost lush renditions with Iona Brown soaring above it all have a charm that is more than just old-fashioned: they are plain good. Chicken Soup for the Baroque Soul.

-- Jens Laurson, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in E major, TV 51 no E 2 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Frankfurt, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Violin in B flat major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Notes: Apocryphal – J.L.Horn?, 1740? 
3.
Concerto for Violin in G major, TV 51 no G 7 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Concerto for Violin in D major, TV 51 no D 10 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1716; Germany 
5.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, TV 51 no g 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No.4 in E: 1. Affettuoso
Violin Concerto No.4 in E: 2. Allegro assai
Violin Concerto No.4 in E: 3. Cantabile
Violin Concerto No.4 in E: 4. Allegro
Violin Concerto No.11 in B flat: 1. Allegro
Violin Concerto No.11 in B flat: 2. Adagio
Violin Concerto No.11 in B flat: 3. Allegro
Violin Concerto No.8 in G: 1. Andante
Violin Concerto No.8 in G: 2. Allegro
Violin Concerto No.8 in G: 3. Siciliana
Violin Concerto No.8 in G: 4. Presto
Violin Concerto No.3 in D: 1. Adagio - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
Violin Concerto No.3 in D: 2. Grave - Vivace
Violin Concerto No.9 in G minor: 1. Allegro
Violin Concerto No.9 in G minor: 2. Adagio
Violin Concerto No.9 in G minor: 3. Allegro

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