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Telemann: Darmstadt Overtures (Suites) / Müller-brühl, Köln


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554244   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Although the coming "Bach Year" has many labels and listeners focused on the formidable legacy of Johann Sebastian, perhaps we also should take this time to more actively explore the work of a contemporary who not only was a friend (he was godfather to Bach's son, C.P.E.), but whose music was specifically admired by J.S. and even had some measure of influence in Bach's own work. Georg Philipp Telemann not only was prolific, he wrote for nearly every musical genre, from instrumental concertos and orchestral pieces to solo keyboard and vocal works to cantatas and oratorios to opera. He wrote a really terrific set of 12 solo violin Fantaisies--nowhere near the monumental masterpieces of Bach's Sonatas and
Read more Partitas, but skillfully written and eminently engaging--that were virtually ignored by major violinists until Andrew Manze's superb recording on Harmonia Mundi a few years ago. And now we have this outstanding recording of Overtures--which essentially are orchestral suites à la Handel or Bach--that immediately will convince any doubters and please those who already know that Telemann was a master composer of the first rank. This is music you can listen to over and over without the slightest shadowy intrusion of boredom. It's almost as if Telemann consciously incorporated the best of French, Italian, and German styles into one, not forgetting to include the stately gait and elegant melodic character of Handelian dance in some of the movements. And as good as the music is, the playing on this CD is as good as it gets. Although the instruments are modern, the playing style is as articulate, clean, and detailed as that of the best period orchestras. The bassoon and oboe soloists deserve special praise. [12/10/1999]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Overture-Suite for 3 Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso continuo in D major, TV 55 no D 15 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997-98 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2. Overture-Suite for 3 Oboes, Strings and Basso continuo in C major, TV 55 no C 6 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Frankfurt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997-98 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Frankfurt, Germany (1712 - 1726). 
3. Overture-Suite for Strings and Basso continuo in G major, TV 55 no G 4 "Nations anciens et modernes" by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1721; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Overture (Suite) in G minor, TWV 55: g4: I. Ouverture: Grave. Allegro. Grave
Overture (Suite) in G minor, TWV 55: g4: II. Rondeau: Gayement
Overture (Suite) in G minor, TWV 55: g4: III. Les Irresoluts
Overture (Suite) in G minor, TWV 55: g4: IV. Les Capricieuses
Overture (Suite) in G minor, TWV 55: g4: V. Loure
Overture (Suite) in G minor, TWV 55: g4: VI. Gasconnade
Overture (Suite) in G minor, TWV 55: g4: VII. Menuet I - II
Overture (Suite) in C major, TWV 55: C6: I. Ouverture: Grave. Allegro. Grave
Overture (Suite) in C major, TWV 55: C6: II. Harlequinade
Overture (Suite) in C major, TWV 55: C6: III. Espagniol
Overture (Suite) in C major, TWV 55: C6: IV. Bouree en trompette
Overture (Suite) in C major, TWV 55: C6: V. Sommeille
Overture (Suite) in C major, TWV 55: C6: VI. Rondeau
Overture (Suite) in C major, TWV 55: C6: VII. Menuet I - II
Overture (Suite) in C major, TWV 55: C6: VIII. Gigue
Overture (Suite) in D major, TWV 55:D15: I. Ouverture: Grave. Allegro. Grave
Overture (Suite) in D major, TWV 55:D15: II. Menuet I - II
Overture (Suite) in D major, TWV 55:D15: III. Harlequinade
Overture (Suite) in D major, TWV 55:D15: III. Loure
Overture (Suite) in D major, TWV 55:D15: IV. Rondeau
Overture (Suite) in D major, TWV 55:D15: V. Rejouissance
Overture (Suite) in D major, TWV 55:D15: VI. Prelude
Overture (Suite) in D major, TWV 55:D15: VII. Gigue

Customer Reviews

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 Satisfying and charming music, well played August 1, 2012 By Margery G. (Hudson, MA) See All My Reviews "This disk, superbly played and recorded, is great testimony (if any is still needed) to Telemann's brilliance. It is a cornucopia of concise but brilliant movements in a variety of Baroque styles. Compared to this, Handel's "Water Music" seem very watered-down!" Report Abuse
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