Notes and Editorial Reviews
Concertos: in c for Oboe,
in F for 2 Chalumeaux,
in A for 2 Flutes and Bassoon,
in F for Recorder and Bassoon,
in d for 2 Chalumeaux,
in D for Corno da caccia,
Michael Schneider (fl, rcr, cond); La
Stagione Frankfurt; Luise Baumgartl (ob); Lorenzo Coppola, Tindaro Capuano (chalumeau); Karl Kaiser (fl); Marita Schaar, Sergio Azzolini (bsn); Jörg Schultess (corno da caccia) (period instruments)
CPO 999907 (67:02)
Exactly one year ago, in
34:6, I waxed ecstatic over Volume 5 in Michael Schneider’s ongoing series of Telemann wind concertos with his La Stagione Frankfurt ensemble. Before that, in 33:2, I was equally enthusiastic about Volume 4. I must have missed Volume 6, because here we are with Volume 7.
If you acquired any of the previous releases in this series and enjoyed them as much as I have, you will know what to expect from this latest addition to Schneider’s Telemann survey. Frankly, I don’t know what can be added to what I’ve said previously. La Stagione Frankfurt and its soloists continue to be the most polished group of period-instrument players I’ve yet to encounter. But it’s not just their technical precision that impresses; they play with an élan and feeling of uplift that captures to perfection the infectious spirit of Telemann’s music. Volume 7 serves up another course of these wonderful concertos for you to sample and savor. I can’t recommend it too highly.
FANFARE: Jerry Dubins
What can I say? If you’ve been collecting this series you’ll enjoy this seventh volume. The music, of course, is charming, and there’s a nice variety of instrumentation. Soloists include oboe, chalumeaux (in pairs), flutes, recorder, bassoon, and horn. The idiom itself may be somewhat formulaic, but you can’t fault Telemann’s sense of color or his ability to entertain. As with other issues in this series, the performances are lively and sympathetic, very much in the spirit of the music, and up to the high standards of today’s better period-instrument ensembles. Fine engineering too.
-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
Concerto for 2 Horns in F major, TV 52 no F 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
La Stagione Frankfurt
Written: 1716-1725; Germany
Notes: Version for Recorder and Bassoon.
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