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Classical - Released June 24, 2016 | Avie Records

This group of Telemann pieces was recorded in 2002 for the U.S.-based Koch International label, now defunct. It remains a sterling Telemann release, and Avie deserves credit for spotting it and putting it into circulation once again. The Cleveland-based Baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire and conductor Jeannette Sorrell pick a program that shows exactly why Telemann was so popular in his own day: the music is colorful, extremely witty, and seemingly flowing from an inexhaustible font of invention, and Sorrell and company have agility and lightness. In national-flavored pieces like the Concerto Polonois, TWV43:G7, and in the two programmatic pieces at the end, lie the first roots of musical Romanticism. The high-spirited Concerto for flute and recorder in E minor, TWV52:e1, is an abstract work that fits well with the extramusical referents in the rest of the pieces. Most delightful of all is the Grillen-Symphonie, TWV50:1, an actual three-movement symphony from the late 1750s or early 1760s that shows the aging composer easily keeping up with current trends. The term "Grillen" may refer either to crickets or whims, and there are passages in the music that could support either interpretation. But sample the "Etwas lebhaft" (rather lively) first movement and note its striking, almost Mozartian quality. Sorrell and Apollo's Fire apply the right level of broad gesture to the two representational suites, which reflect their subjects but are in no way overdone. A wonderful Telemann release that holds up to repeated hearings. © TiVo
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Classical - Released July 28, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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The 12 fantasias for viola da gamba recorded here by gambist Robert Smith were rediscovered only in 2015. Smith terms the rediscovery an event "that viol players dreamed about," for Telemann also wrote popular works for solo violin and flute. These fantasias, although written for the same amateur market, are not really comparable to the violin and flute works. They aren't fantasias in the later sense; all but one are cast in three movements, and they're very sonata-like, with dance-like finales (although not named dances). The fantasy element seems to consist of the distinct mood each one has: sample the first movement of the Fantasia No. 3 in E minor, TWV 40:28, which is melancholy not simply because of its minor key, but because of a nifty combination of a Baroque sixth figure with a very proto-Classical emphasis on melody. For Telemann enthusiasts this album will be major news, and it's listenable for anyone, even if 12 of these fantasies at a stretch is quite a few. Resonus' church sound is too live for what was certainly chamber music. The fantasias could certainly fit into any number of Baroque programming ideas, and Smith has performed a valuable service by unearthing them. © TiVo
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Classical - Released October 6, 2016 | Int - Bertus

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Channel Classics Records

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Florilegium, the English early music ensemble founded by flutist Ashley Solomon in 1991, has been picking up the pace since the turn of the century occasioned some changes in personnel. Although the fortunes of the early music movement have been kind of up and down in the meantime, Florilegium has remained a constant, releasing at least one disc per year on the Channel Classics label and touring round the world. The 2005 release Bolivian Baroque was a gamble that has paid off handsomely in good reviews and renewed interest in the group. Subsequently, Florilegium has resumed, and with this volume presumably completes, its series of Georg Philipp Telemann's Paris Quartets, begun in 1999 when Florilegium was an almost completely different group. Those who love Telemann will be pleased that Florilegium waited, as these performances are about as ideal as possible for the Paris Quartets. Leader Kati Debretzeni's violin seamlessly intertwines with Solomon's Baroque flute in ensemble passages, and the pacing provided by the continuo is just right. While the group never strays far, if at all, from expected Baroque performance practice, there is nothing cold or mathematical about Florilegium's rendering of the Telemann -- it is conceived with the maximum emotional response in mind. Just listen to the "Modéré" movement within the Quatour No. 6 in E minor and you'll be hooked -- it is a moving interpretation, sort of like experiencing a cool, light rainstorm from the front porch at night. Florilegium's responsiveness to the pastoral and naturalistic tendencies in Telemann's music helps it speak with an eloquence that it clearly has, yet remains invisible on the printed page. That is what made the Paris Quartets so enormously popular in their day; playable by amateurs, and most of the people able to shell out for such a publication were aristocratic amateurs at that, but still containing a spark of inspiration that raised the nature of the music above the combined abilities of the players. Florilegium has captured that very quality, and the DSD Super Audio CD has radiant sound that will place the group right in the living room. If you are someone who loves Baroque music but "hates" Telemann, this disc is good enough to turn you around. Nonetheless, Florilegium's Telemann: Paris Quartets, Vol. 3, should be sought out by anyone who has an interest in high-quality chamber music playing at its finest -- one wonders if it is humanly possible for it to be better than this. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 2002 | Channel Classics Records

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Concertos - Released October 30, 2014 | Heritage Records

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Classical - Released November 4, 2014 | Heritage Records

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Classical - Released October 6, 2009 | Analekta

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Chamber Music - Released December 1, 2007 | Gega New

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Classical - Released June 21, 2012 | VDE-GALLO

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Classical - Released November 1, 2013 | Bridge Records, Inc.

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Classical - Released November 3, 2014 | Heritage Records

Classical - Released July 18, 2020 | UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Classical - Released November 5, 2015 | JamadaClassics

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Classical - Released November 25, 2013 | Heritage Records