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Telemann: Horn Concertos / Baumann, Brown, Hill, Brown, ASMF


Release Date: 07/22/2002 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 412226   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Timothy BrownHermann BaumannNicholas HillIona Brown
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Baumann gives a dazzling performance of the D major Concerto as well as a warmly sympathetic understanding to the Suite in F.

Telemann was amongst the first composers to write concertos for solo horn as opposed to featuring it either as an obbligato instrument in opera and cantata numbers, or as a strand in the mixed textures of concertos and suites. His horn writing is much more adventurous than, say, that of Vivaldi, but I wonder whether he could have envisaged virtuoso playing of the order presented here on present-day instruments by Hermann Baumann aided and, it seems, on occasion, almost abetted by Timothy Brown and Nicholas Hill. The technical excellence of these solo performances and the ringing sound of
Read more Baumann's tone, in particular, compensate for the occasional moments where Telemann's inspiration ebbs; but it seems to me that these movements are, indeed, few and far between, since all but one of the works included on this record contain movements of considerable enchantment.

The best known composition is the concerto in E flat for two horns from the third anthology of Telemann's Musique de table (1733). It's a resonant piece which provides the musical focal point both of the anthology and of the recording. Yet the Concerto in D for a single horn with string orchestra is hardly less demanding on the soloist. Baumann gives a dazzling performance with stylish embellishments and an occasional 'roulade' which not even he would get away with on a valveless instrument. Two other D major concertos are included here; one for two horns and strings, struck me as being slightly dull from the standpoint of invention though not in respect of Telemann's use of colour. The other, for three horns and a prominent concertante violin is rather more interesting. In order to achieve a good contrast in sonority the horns are banished from the central slow movement which consists of an expressive violin cantabile sensitively played by Iona Brown. No mention of her important contribution is made on the sleeve though she does qualify for an asterisk in the Concerto in E flat where, however, there are two concertante violins, not one.

The remaining work is a Suite in F for two horns, strings and continuo. It's an engaging example of Telemann's style at its most galant. A fine overture in the French manner brings to mind in its opening and closing sections some of those by his long-standing friend, Handel. The following Rondeau and Sarabande, two of the most affecting movements on the entire LP are, on the other hand, unequivocally the work of Telemann. The Sarabande, particularly, contains that blend of French sensibility and Italian feeling for colour which characterizes so much of his 'mixed' style. The entire suite is given a warmly sympathetic understanding which I wholeheartedly recommend. Recorded sound is clear and the horns are given just about the right degree of prominence.

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [5/1985]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for 3 Horns and Violin in D major, BE 11 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Timothy Brown (French Horn), Hermann Baumann (French Horn), Nicholas Hill (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2. Concerto for 2 Trumpets, 2 Violins, Strings and Basso continuo in E flat major, TV 54 no Es 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Timothy Brown (French Horn), Hermann Baumann (French Horn), Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Horn in D major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Hermann Baumann (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4. Concerto for 2 Horns in D major, BA 8 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Hermann Baumann (French Horn), Timothy Brown (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5. Suite for 2 Horns and Strings in F major, TV 55 no 63 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Timothy Brown (French Horn), Hermann Baumann (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 31 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Concerto for 3 Horns and Violin, BE 11: I. Vivace
Horn Concerto: I. Vivace (Allegro)

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