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Zelenka, Telemann / Radek Baborak, Berliner Barocksoliste


Release Date: 10/09/2012 
Label:  Phil.harmonie   Catalog #: 6018  
Composer:  Georg Philipp TelemannJan Dismas Zelenka
Conductor:  Radek Baborák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music of Bach and Handel is so prevalent and so revered in today’s music world that works by almost any other of their contemporaries—such as Telemann and Zelenka—are relegated to second-rate status, even without giving them an honest hearing. Bach’s orchestral suites and Handel’s Water Music and concerti grossi always get the main stage, while a Telemann Overture or Zelenka Capriccio, as heard on this excellent program, are assigned to the equivalent of a side room at the after-party.

Eighteenth-century horn concertos have some serious built-in constraints—the instrument of this period was technically limited, more a color instrument associated with hunting calls and fanfares than with extended solos. But in the right
Read more creative hands, as we have here, the horn could be as compelling a performer as any other (sound clip below), and I can only say that if you’re inclined to avoid such things as a baroque concerto for two horns, you should put that aversion aside and listen to the works and performances on this CD. You will be pleasantly rewarded.

Radek Baborák is a dynamic, confident player whose vast solo and orchestral experience—not to mention all the prizes he’s won!—shows in these works whose main requirement for success lies in the player’s degree of technical facility, including a certain agility in articulation. In general all of these works follow conventional baroque practice in terms of structure and compositional devices—in other words, there’s nothing innovative or musically exceptional here. But like Handel’s Water Music, the idea is entertainment, and this hour-long program delivers plenty of that. Zelenka’s Capriccio tosses two oboes into the ring with the two horns (and adds a bassoon for good measure), which, combined with clever melodies and always catchy rhythms, keeps the ear pleasantly engaged.

Telemann owns the rest of the program, and whether he’s writing for one or two horns and strings, or just strings—as in the concluding Overture (Suite), with its colorful assortment of movements—the music always maintains an air of unpretentious elegance, speaking plainly with the skill of a master who knows his audience. Baborák and his accomplices, including his partner in the two-horn works, Andrej Žust, and the other members of the Berliner Barock Solisten, also know their audience, creating performances that are vibrant and energetic and full of excitement for this rarely heard music. The string playing is first-rate. Strongly recommended.

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

1. Concerto for Horn, Violin, 2 Violas and Basso Continuo in D major, TV 51 no D 8 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Radek Baborák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1714; Germany 
2. Concerto for 2 Trumpets, 2 Violins, Strings and Basso continuo in E flat major, TV 54 no Es 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Radek Baborák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3. Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, TV 52 no D 2 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Radek Baborák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4. Capricci (5): no 3 in F major, ZWV 184 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Conductor:  Radek Baborák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1718; Bohemia 
5. Overture-Suite in G minor, TV 55 no g 1 "La Musette" by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Radek Baborák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

Sound Samples

Capriccio No. 3 in F major, ZWV 184: I. Staccato e forte
Capriccio No. 3 in F major, ZWV 184: III. Allemande
Capriccio No. 3 in F major, ZWV 184: IV. Menuett
Capriccio No. 3 in F major, ZWV 184: II. Allegro
Horn Concerto in D major, TWV 51:D8: I. Vivace
Horn Concerto in D major, TWV 51:D8: II. Largo
Horn Concerto in D major, TWV 51:D8: III. Allegro
Musique de table, Part III: Concerto for 2 horns in E flat major, TWV 54:Es1: I. Maestoso
Musique de table, Part III: Concerto for 2 horns in E flat major, TWV 54:Es1: II. Allegro
Musique de table, Part III: Concerto for 2 horns in E flat major, TWV 54:Es1: III. Grave
Musique de table, Part III: Concerto for 2 horns in E flat major, TWV 54:Es1: IV. Vivace
Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, TWV 52:D2: I. Spirituoso, ma non presto
Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, TWV 52:D2: II. Largo
Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, TWV 52:D2: III. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, TWV 52:D2: IV. Largo
Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, TWV 52:D2: V. Allegro assai
Overture (Suite) in G major, TWV 55:G1, "La Musette": I. Ouverture: Maestoso - Allegro - Maestoso
Overture (Suite) in G major, TWV 55:G1, "La Musette": II. Napolitaine
Overture (Suite) in G major, TWV 55:G1, "La Musette": III. Polonaise
Overture (Suite) in G major, TWV 55:G1, "La Musette": IV. Murky
Overture (Suite) in G major, TWV 55:G1, "La Musette": V. Menuett
Overture (Suite) in G major, TWV 55:G1, "La Musette": VI. Musette
Overture (Suite) in G major, TWV 55:G1, "La Musette": VII. Harlequinade

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