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Georg Philipp Telemann

Luigi De Filippi

12 Fantasias for solo violin

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917267921
  • Catalog number CC 72679
  • Release date 27 November 2015
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About the album

Telemann’s solo violin Fantasias were published in 1735, some fifteen years after the appearance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for  unaccompanied violin; we do not know if Bach’s masterpieces were known to Telemann, but he certainly didn’t share Bach’s preoccupation to demonstrate  how a simple solo instrument could handle very extended forms, and how  contrapuntal writing could convey the impression of polyphonic constructions. If anything, Telemann’s gems remind one of Bach’s cello suites: clever music, overflowing with melodic wealth and charm. Telemann also moved swiftly from one source of inspiration to another, pouring out with unhampered ease exquisite melodies, sketches of learned fugues, folk-like cantilenas, nursery rhymes tunes. Each Fantasia consists of three or four short movements, with a duration which goes from as little as four minutes to a maximum of 11 minutes: nothing to be compared with Bach’s divine verbosity. Fantasia no 12 contains a lovely parody of Giuseppe Tartini’s “Didone abbandonata “, published the year before in Italy: here Telemann echoes (and makes fun of) Tartini’s shrill dissonances, derived from the Istrian folk repertoire: one more demonstration that these great men were fully aware of all the latest developments that took place in the whole of Europe.


susanna ohtonen

January 25th 2016 20:42
How lovely! Luigi De Filippi is a fantastic musician who really seems to find all the different colours in this interesting music. Thank you!

rudolph hupperts

January 25th 2016 20:06
I am delighted to find such a first-rate performance of this rather rare repertoire. Very enjoyable.

rudolph hupperts

January 25th 2016 19:56
I am delighted to find such a first-rate performance of this rather rare repertoire. Very enjoyable.


January 3rd 2016 13:38
Beautiful cd! What a lovely sound. Congrats!

Luca Purchiaroni

December 10th 2015 18:11
A great composer by a great musician. Congratulations!

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