Telemann: Ouverture-Suites

[Kirstin Fahr recorder], Neumeyer Consort, Felix Koch
Christophorus CHR 77412
TWV 55: C2, G4, g2, a2

This year marks the 350th anniversary of Telemann’s death and one would have imagined that given that anniversary and the other big one of the year, groups might have sought out some of the many Lutheran cantatas that have never been performed, let alone recorded, in modern times, but so far the signs are not good… The four orchestral works on the present disc are nicely played, but they hardly fall into the “little known” category, having all been recorded umpteen times already. Every time I review such compilations, I apply a simple rule: do the perfomers bring anything new to the table? If a HIP ensemble considers adding percussion “as a result of the assumption that some of Telemann’s overture-suites may also have been performed as mime (at the Dresden court, for instance” fulfils this requirement, who am I to disagree with this “particularly plastic tonal quality”. The pieces themselves are nicely played (in the case of the recorder, very nicely) in a rather unforgiving acoustic; I doubt I will listen to it again, however; I prefer my Telemann without added extras.

Brian Clark