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Georg Philipp Telemann

Bergen Barokk

The Chameleon by G.F. Telemann

  • Type CD
  • Label Lawo Classics
  • UPC 7090020181806
  • Catalog number LWC 1158
  • Release date 02 November 2018
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A TELEMANN RECITAL
Telemann’s many sonatas for recorder and basso continuo, including those in conjunction with other instruments, can be found on many recordings and are probably known to many listeners with an interest in the Telemann oeuvre. This is why in this “recital” recording, we have gone a little off the beaten track and taken some liberties.

In “Carillion” (1) and in “Sonata B major” (34-37) the bass recorder is used, though it is not usually an instrument associated with solo work. It is, however, a variety of woodwind that Telemann was not unfamiliar with, as he used it in “Trauer Actus” (1724) and hints at it in the title “Bassoun ô Flaut. 4”, loosely translated as “bassoon flute”, playing an octave over the bassoon. Such “bassoon recorders” were also called “basset, “Flaut-doux-Basson”, or “flauto fagotto”. A considerable number of bass recorders from the best instrument makers are well-preserved, which is somewhat unusual as we very rarely find the instrument specified in musical notation (though with some exceptions in the form of Telemann, Pepusch, CPE Bach, and in an English version of Corelli-sonatas arranged for alto recorder and “fluto basso”). There is some indication that the instrument was used, for example, in opera and theatre music, though without being specified in the scores.

We have also chosen a less conventional solution for one of Telemann’s trio sonatas (13-16). The sonata was originally composed for recorder, treble viola da gamba and basso continuo. A basso continuo group consisted of two (e.g., harpsichord and cello) or more instruments. Based on a practice that became increasingly more common in Telemann’s time, we have realised the three voices in a compressed form, with myself playing the top voice while Hans Knut plays the bass with his left hand and second voice with his right. Notice here also that the first voice features a canon of the second voice!

We have also opted for a French Ouverture, originally for oboe and basso continuo (published in “Der Getreue Music-Meister”, 1728), preceding the Partita in G-minor (3-10) from “Kleine Cammer-Music” (1716). Telemann later released these partitas for orchestra and this is one of the rare examples of him recycling his own material. When he created the orchestral versions, he added a French overture. So we got the idea from the master himself.

“Kleine Cammer-Music” consists of six partitas, printed in score form. Telemann opens up the possibility for the solo parts to be played on the oboe, violin or flute, though the score can also easily be played solely on the harpsichord. This collection belongs to Telemann’s earliest published works and was very well-received.

Although Telemann’s works are often perceived to be highly idiomatic, we musicians experience that in many cases this idiomaticness also works on several instruments. For example, you can hear how 2 pieces from a fantasy for violin sound on the bassoon (11-12).

We have also allowed Johann Friedrich Fasch, who had a deep admiration for Telemann, to join the party. With a reverent nod to his role model, he has provided us with a bassoon sonata (29-32). Finally, I have taken the liberty to incorporate 2 pieces by Frenchman Jean Daniel Braun into one of Telemann’s flute fantasies, the result being an approximation of a classic suite in five movement (24-28).

– FRODE THORSEN
 

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    1
    Der getreue Music-Meister Carillion in F-major (TWV 40:109)
     
    01:58
  • 1
    2
    Der getreue Music-Meister Gigue in F-major (TWV 41:F2)
     
    01:44
  • 1
    3
    Der getreue Music-Meister Ouverture - Très vîte (TWV 41:g4)
     
    02:35
  • 1
    4
    Kleine Cammer-Musik, Partita 4 in g-minor (TWV 41:g2) Grave
     
    01:37
  • 1
    5
    Kleine Cammer-Musik, Partita 4 in g-minor (TWV 41:g2) Aria 1, Allegro
     
    01:05
  • 1
    6
    Kleine Cammer-Musik, Partita 4 in g-minor (TWV 41:g2) Aria 2, Allegro
     
    02:07
  • 1
    7
    Kleine Cammer-Musik, Partita 4 in g-minor (TWV 41:g2) Aria 3, Tempo di Minuet
     
    00:41
  • 1
    8
    Kleine Cammer-Musik, Partita 4 in g-minor (TWV 41:g2) Aria 4, Allegro
     
    01:50
  • 1
    9
    Kleine Cammer-Musik, Partita 4 in g-minor (TWV 41:g2) Aria 5, A tempo giusto
     
    01:45
  • 1
    10
    Kleine Cammer-Musik, Partita 4 in g-minor (TWV 41:g2) Aria 6, Allegro assai
     
    02:03
  • 1
    11
    Fantasia VII in B-flat major (TWV 40.20) Dolce
     
    01:31
  • 1
    12
    Fantasia VII in B-flat major (TWV 40.20) Allegro
     
    02:50
  • 1
    13
    Sonata in C-major (TWV 42:C2) Dolce
     
    01:20
  • 1
    14
    Sonata in C-major (TWV 42:C2) Allegro
     
    01:47
  • 1
    15
    Sonata in C-major (TWV 42:C2) Grave
     
    02:06
  • 1
    16
    Sonata in C-major (TWV 42:C2) Vivace
     
    02:20
  • 1
    17
    Sonatina quinta (TWV 41:a4) Andante
     
    02:11
  • 1
    18
    Sonatina quinta (TWV 41:a4) Allegro
     
    01:55
  • 1
    19
    Sonatina quinta (TWV 41:a4) Andante
     
    02:04
  • 1
    20
    Sonatina quinta (TWV 41:a4) Presto
     
    01:57
  • 1
    21
    Trio sonata in g-minor (TWV 42:g9) Largo
     
    02:10
  • 1
    22
    La Poste (TWV 35:2)
     
    01:38
  • 1
    23
    Kleine Cammer-Musik, Partita 1 (TWV 41:B1) Aria 5
     
    01:11
  • 1
    24
    Fantasia VIII in e-minor (TWV 40:9) Largo
     
    02:01
  • 1
    25
    Corrente (Pieces sans Basse)
     
    02:35
  • 1
    26
    Lamenterole (Pieces sans Basse)
     
    02:45
  • 1
    27
    Fantasia VIII in e-minor (TWV 40:9) Allegro
     
    01:19
  • 1
    28
    Fantasia VIII in e-minor (TWV 40:9) Spirituoso
     
    01:19
  • 1
    29
    Sonata in C-major (FaWV N:C1) Largo
     
    02:39
  • 1
    30
    Sonata in C-major (FaWV N:C1) Allegro
     
    02:43
  • 1
    31
    Sonata in C-major (FaWV N:C1) Andante
     
    02:49
  • 1
    32
    Sonata in C-major (FaWV N:C1) Allegro assai
     
    03:17
  • 1
    33
    Fuga Sesta in F-major (TWV 30:26)
     
    05:05
  • 1
    34
    Der getreue Music-Meister, Sonata in B-flat major (TWV 41:B3) Largo
     
    01:18
  • 1
    35
    Der getreue Music-Meister, Sonata in B-flat major (TWV 41:B3) Allegro
     
    02:59
  • 1
    36
    Der getreue Music-Meister, Sonata in B-flat major (TWV 41:B3) Largo
     
    01:17
  • 1
    37
    Der getreue Music-Meister, Sonata in B-flat major (TWV 41:B3) Vivace
     
    02:06

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