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Georg Philipp Telemann

Florilegium

Paris Quartets Vol. 2

  • Type SACD
  • Label Channel Classics
  • UPC 0723385206040
  • Catalog number CCS 20604
  • Release date 18 May 2004
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Telemann Paris Quartets In Telemanns correspondence in 1717 with the great German composer, theorist and music journalist Mattheson, he admits that he is "a great amateur of French music". Yet the reality was that like any self-respecting German composer of his time, Georg Phillip Telemann was thoroughly conversant with the stylistic conventions of other European countries and, notably, those of the great rivals from Italy and France. By the early 1720s Telemann had already displayed a thorough working knowledge of the Italian style of composition in his numerous sonatas and concerti, a style that was to be heard all over Europe. However, until this time the French had managed to maintain certain characteristics of their music; namely the overture and suite together with its wide array of dances. Unlike the Italians who preferred overt displays of virtuosity in chamber music, the French developed the original form of the Sonate en Quatuor with its four closely-knit parts. These were quartets in the real sense of the word, in contrast to the trio sonatas Telemann had been writing until then for the same combination of instruments. Telemann had demonstrated his exceptional grasp of this form when he published his first set of Paris Quartets in Hamburg in 1730. These were reprinted by Le Clerc in Paris in 1736, and while they were inspired by the French style, the structure of the compositions are more Italian; two concerti, two balletti and two sonatas. Perhaps it was because of the Parisian success of these Quartets that Telemann decided to make a visit to Paris in 1737. He stayed for eight months and whilst there heard a number of his works performed at the public concerts of the Concert Spirituel and met some of the most famous musicians of the day. He heard his first set of quartets performed by the flautist Blavet, violinist Guignon, gambist Forqueray (the Younger) and cellist Edouard. These works became extremely popular and were performed with such extraordinary success in Paris that Telemann was inspired to write a further six Nouveaux Quatuors in 1738. This new set illustrated a striking advance from the 1730 set in terms of virtuosity and independence for the three solo instruments. He had clearly been inspired by what he heard in Paris. In his autobiography of 1739 Telemann delights in the success of these works: "The admirable manner in which the quartets were played by Messrs Blavet, Guignon, Forcroy jun. and Edouard would deserve to be mentioned here, if indeed words were adequate to describe it. They won the attention of the court and the city to an unusual degree and procured me an honourable reception everywhere." ........

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    1
    Quatuor No. 1 In D Major I. Prélude Vivement
     
    02:31
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    2
    Quatuor No. 1 In D Major II. Tendrement
     
    02:10
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    3
    Quatuor No. 1 In D Major III. Vite
     
    03:21
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    4
    Quatuor No. 1 In D Major IV. Gaiement
     
    04:46
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    5
    Quatuor No. 1 In D Major V. Modérement
     
    02:30
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    Quatuor No. 1 In D Major VI. Vite
     
    03:23
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    Quatuor No. 2 in A Minor I. Allègrement
     
    02:57
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    Quatuor No. 2 in A Minor II. -Flatteusement
     
    03:31
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    Quatuor No. 2 in A Minor III. Légèrement
     
    02:13
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    Quatuor No. 2 in A Minor IV. un Peu Vivement
     
    03:11
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    Quatuor No. 2 in A Minor V. Vite
     
    01:52
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    12
    Quatuor No. 2 in A Minor VI. Coulant
     
    05:30
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    Quatuor No. 3 In G Major I. Prélude
     
    02:17
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    Quatuor No. 3 In G Major II. Légèrement
     
    05:05
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    Quatuor No. 3 In G Major III. Gracieusement
     
    02:14
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    Quatuor No. 3 In G Major IV. Vite
     
    03:55
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    Quatuor No. 3 In G Major V. Modéré
     
    04:15
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    Quatuor No. 3 In G Major VI. Gai
     
    01:51
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    Quatuor No. 3 In G Major VII. Lentment
     
    02:38
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    Concerto Primo In G Major I. Grave Allegro Grave Allegro
     
    03:22
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    Concerto Primo In G Major II. Largo Presto Largo
     
    03:04
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    Concerto Primo In G Major III. Allegro
     
    04:41

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