G.P.Telemann: Concerti da Camera, Vol.1

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Camerata Köln
cpo 555 131-2
TWV43: a3, h3, g2, G12, g4, d3, G11

[dropcap]T[dropcap]his is a genuine Smorgasbord of delights from this section of Telemann’s oeuvre, filled with subtle tonal, and timbral blends and shades, superbly nuanced throughout the various movements with these specifically paired instruments. To the seasoned Telemannophile, these are indeed old friends, found previously on various recordings down the years. Yet here, we have a wonderful gathering of works, which would easily grace any baroque programme; played here by musicians with an intimate understanding of this richly contoured music; not a single accent is out of place in this bright treasury of works. From the opening lilting “Adagio” to the animated final “Allegro assai”, we are taken through a ravishing interplay of well-balanced instrumental colours by a consummate master of this genre, displaying an elegant concision and euphonic pleasure, never musically prolix or overstated. The musicians respond accordingly, with an unforced beauty that simply lets the music speak and breathe for itself; from the slightly spectral “Adagio” of TWV43:h3, to the stately bounce at the opening of TWV43:d3 (here in full Telemann markings, sometimes ascribed to Handel by dint of similarities to the opening of the G minor Oboe Concerto HWV 287, overlooking the Darmstadt source in the former’s name). Some of these qualities are already familiar to us from the range of wonderfully crafted and vibrant works within the famous collection, Musique de Table of 1733. The beguiling magic of every single movement is perfectly caught by this sensitive and responsive band of musicians, without any breakneck tempi, or over-egging of the already rich puddings! An exceptionally fine recording to adorn any inveterate Baroquophile’s shelves. Another listening treasure and pleasure on board the CPO flagship!

David Bellinger

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