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Georg Philipp Telemann: Viola Concertos - Overtures - Fantasias

Antoine Tamestit, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Sabine Fehlandt, Bernhard Forck

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Unfixed dimensions, a paucity of repertoire, and that which there was being dull and unchallenging. These were the reasons that, as the violin rose to become the undisputed darling of the solo concerto and trio sonata in early eighteenth-century Italy, the viola became the instrument that no instrumentalist with an ounce of ambition beyond providing middle-voice orchestral padding was going to pick up. So, as much as the world would undoubtedly be a less jolly place without the viola jokes spawned by this ravishingly lovely alto instrument’s ignoble beginnings, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to eighteenth-century Germany, and in particular to Georg Philipp Telemann, for spotting its potential early enough for today’s viola players to nevertheless have some top-drawer Baroque repertoire to sink their teeth into.

And in fact the very first true solo viola concerto was by Telemann. Composed at some point between 1716 and 1721, this four-movement Concerto in G major TWV 51:G9 for “viola da braccio” likewise sits here on Antoine Tamestit’s programme as its very first solo viola moment, introduced only after the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin have treated us to the Ouverture burlesque in B-flat major, with its succession of dances evoking the characters of the commedia dell’arte; and even in the context of the AAM’s warmly, precisely-articulated reading having already been providing fresh pleasures at every twist and turn, it’s still a showstopper of a moment when Tamestit’s gently lilting, mahogany-toned viola voice – a 1672 Stradivarius played with a baroque (copy) bow – suddenly sings forth from the concerto’s opening Largo.

From here, the programme is as much a pleasure for its whirlwind tour of the eighteenth-century viola possibilities as it is for its superlative playing. While the aforementioned solo concerto presents the instrument’s expressive and virtuosic capabilities across its entire range, the other work written expressly for the viola is the four-movement Concert for two violettes – by which Telemann could have meant a pair of small violas only marginally larger than violins, whose lack of lower-register sonority would explain why the work entirely avoids the instrument’s lower range. For this particular elegant, delicate reading, Tamestit is partnered by Sabine Fehlandt, who then also joins him for a viola transposition of the fourth Canonic Sonata – originally designated for either flutes, violins or bass viols – where the two players play the same part at a distance of a few bars. The viola offerings are then completed by transpositions of the first two Fantasias for solo violin, which from Tamestit come glowing of tone, and multi-faceted of expression.

Add a second top-drawer solo spot for the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin – the sparkling Ouverture “La Changeante”, each of whose movements is in a new key – and this album is one you’re likely to be returning to for many repeated listens. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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Ouverture burlesque in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B8 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

1
I. Ouverture. Lentement - Vif - Lentement
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
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Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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II. Scaramouches. Vite
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:01:00

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3
III. Harlequinade. Plaisant
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:00:44

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4
IV. Colombine. Con grazia
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:01:32

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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5
V. Pierrot. Vite
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:01:25

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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6
VI. Menuet I - Menuet II. Vivement
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:02:56

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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7
VII. Mezzetin en Turc. Très vite
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:01:06

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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Viola Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G9 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

8
I. Largo
Antoine Tamestit
00:02:56

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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9
II. Allegro
Antoine Tamestit
00:02:25

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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10
III. Andante
Antoine Tamestit
00:03:07

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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11
IV. Presto
Antoine Tamestit
00:03:04

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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Canonic Sonata for Two Violas in D Minor, TWV 40:121 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

12
I. Vivace ma moderato
Antoine Tamestit
00:01:30

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Sabine Fehlandt, Viola, MainArtist

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13
II. Piacevole non largo
Antoine Tamestit
00:02:55

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Sabine Fehlandt, Viola, MainArtist

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14
III. Presto
Antoine Tamestit
00:01:06

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Sabine Fehlandt, Viola, MainArtist

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Fantasia for Solo Viola in C Major, TWV 40:15 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

15
I. Largo
Antoine Tamestit
00:01:57

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

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16
II. Allegro
Antoine Tamestit
00:01:57

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

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17
III. Allegro
Antoine Tamestit
00:00:48

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

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Ouverture-suite in G Minor, TWV 55:g2 "La changeante" (Georg Philipp Telemann)

18
I. Overture. Lentement - Vite - Lentement
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:06:37

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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19
II. Loure
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:01:10

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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20
III. Les Scaramouches. Vitement
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:02:18

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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21
IV. Menuet I - Menuet II. Doux
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:02:29

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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22
V. La Plaisanterie
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:00:55

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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23
VI. Hornpipe
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:01:37

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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24
VII. Avec douceur
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:03:32

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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25
VIII. Canarie
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
00:01:41

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist

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Fantasia for Solo Viola in E-Flat Major, TWV 40:14 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

26
I. Largo
Antoine Tamestit
00:02:29

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

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27
II. Allegro
Antoine Tamestit
00:01:47

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

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28
III. Grave
Antoine Tamestit
00:01:12

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

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29
IV. Allegro da capo
Antoine Tamestit
00:01:50

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer

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Concerto for Two Violas in G Major, TWV 52:G3 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

30
I. Avec douceur
Antoine Tamestit
00:01:49

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist - Sabine Fehlandt, Viola, MainArtist

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31
II. Gaÿ
Antoine Tamestit
00:01:37

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist - Sabine Fehlandt, Viola, MainArtist

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32
III. Largo
Antoine Tamestit
00:01:13

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist - Sabine Fehlandt, Viola, MainArtist

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33
IV. Vivement
Antoine Tamestit
00:01:20

Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Bernhard Forck, Conductor, MainArtist - Sabine Fehlandt, Viola, MainArtist

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Album Description

Unfixed dimensions, a paucity of repertoire, and that which there was being dull and unchallenging. These were the reasons that, as the violin rose to become the undisputed darling of the solo concerto and trio sonata in early eighteenth-century Italy, the viola became the instrument that no instrumentalist with an ounce of ambition beyond providing middle-voice orchestral padding was going to pick up. So, as much as the world would undoubtedly be a less jolly place without the viola jokes spawned by this ravishingly lovely alto instrument’s ignoble beginnings, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to eighteenth-century Germany, and in particular to Georg Philipp Telemann, for spotting its potential early enough for today’s viola players to nevertheless have some top-drawer Baroque repertoire to sink their teeth into.

And in fact the very first true solo viola concerto was by Telemann. Composed at some point between 1716 and 1721, this four-movement Concerto in G major TWV 51:G9 for “viola da braccio” likewise sits here on Antoine Tamestit’s programme as its very first solo viola moment, introduced only after the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin have treated us to the Ouverture burlesque in B-flat major, with its succession of dances evoking the characters of the commedia dell’arte; and even in the context of the AAM’s warmly, precisely-articulated reading having already been providing fresh pleasures at every twist and turn, it’s still a showstopper of a moment when Tamestit’s gently lilting, mahogany-toned viola voice – a 1672 Stradivarius played with a baroque (copy) bow – suddenly sings forth from the concerto’s opening Largo.

From here, the programme is as much a pleasure for its whirlwind tour of the eighteenth-century viola possibilities as it is for its superlative playing. While the aforementioned solo concerto presents the instrument’s expressive and virtuosic capabilities across its entire range, the other work written expressly for the viola is the four-movement Concert for two violettes – by which Telemann could have meant a pair of small violas only marginally larger than violins, whose lack of lower-register sonority would explain why the work entirely avoids the instrument’s lower range. For this particular elegant, delicate reading, Tamestit is partnered by Sabine Fehlandt, who then also joins him for a viola transposition of the fourth Canonic Sonata – originally designated for either flutes, violins or bass viols – where the two players play the same part at a distance of a few bars. The viola offerings are then completed by transpositions of the first two Fantasias for solo violin, which from Tamestit come glowing of tone, and multi-faceted of expression.

Add a second top-drawer solo spot for the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin – the sparkling Ouverture “La Changeante”, each of whose movements is in a new key – and this album is one you’re likely to be returning to for many repeated listens. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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