Album at a Glance
- A.H. Schultzen (1682-1762): Recorder Sonatas / Ensemble la Ninfea, Barbara Heindlmeier, recorder
- Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812): Sonatas for piano, Vol. 1 / Biliana Tzinlikova, piano
- A. Scarlatti: Clori, Ninfa e Amante – Arias & Cantatas
- A German Soul: Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg / Ensemble Méridien
Telemann: Sonatas, Trios & Concerti / L’Accademia Giocosa
Oehms Classics has released this collection of six sonatas, trios and concerti by Telemann, all but one appearing as a world premiere recording. Playing on period instruments, L'Accademia Giocosa ('playful') is made up of members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony, together with leading early music specialists. They are a band of formidable technical and musical accomplishment. The album consists of a half dozen works for diverse combinations of anywhere from four to ten performers, playing oboes, flute, bassoon and strings with basso continuo.
Raised in a family environment that fully discouraged a career in music of any description, Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) nevertheless became one of the most prolific composers in history. By the time he was twelve years of age, he was master of many instruments and had composed his first opera. Taking inspiration from some of the leading composers on the continent - Steffani, Rosenmüller, Corelli and Caldara - and living as he did in the economic centers of the day, he developed a cosmopolitan style, one which integrated Italian, French and German influences. This in part is what lends Telemann's music its endless diversity, in addition to his boundless inventiveness and bent for experimentation.
There is so much here that is an absolute joy to hear that it was difficult to decide on sample tracks. In the end, I wanted to provide a slow and a brisk selection, settling on the first and final movements of the opening work, Concert François for 2 oboes, 2 violins, 2 violas, bassoon and basso continuo. The playing by L'Accademia Giocosa is superb. Certainly, if Telemann has not made it onto your shortlist of the greatest Baroque composers, this collection offers ample proof for you to consider. Listening through, the program comes together like an assortment of luscious chocolates, every movement standing as an original and delectable confection. You'll have your favorites - perhaps the pecan crunch or the cherry cordial - but who wouldn't enjoy a chocolate truffle, too?
Telemann’s musical legacy is extremely extensive and comprises all the customary musical genres of his time. Typical of Telemann are cantabile melodies, inventively applied timbres and, especially in his late works, unusual harmonic effects as well. The instrumental works frequently reveal the strong influence of French and Italian music, and occasionally folkloristic Polish influences as well.
Stefan Schilli, solo oboist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, has strongly committed himself to this repertoire on BR Klassik; this forms the basis for the creation of the present CD with Schilli’s “Accademia giocosa” as a co-production with that broadcasting station.
Source: Oehms Classics
Georg Philipp Telemann, composer
Georg Philipp Telemann (14 March 1681 – 25 June 1767) was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family’s wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music. He held important positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach, and Frankfurtbefore settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of the city’s five main churches. While Telemann’s career prospered, his personal life was always troubled: his first wife died only a few months after their marriage, and his second wife had extramarital affairs and accumulated a large gambling debt before leaving Telemann.
Telemann was one of the most prolific composers in history (at least in terms of surviving oeuvre) and was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the leading German composers of the time—he was compared favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to George Frideric Handel, whom Telemann also knew personally. Telemann’s music incorporates several national styles (French, Italian) and is even at times influenced by Polish popular music. He remained at the forefront of all new musical tendencies and his music is an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles.
L’Accademia Giocosa, ensemble
L’accademia giocosa was founded in 2010 by musicians from the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, as well as freelance artists of the Early Music scene with the aim to give life to the wonderful and diverse music of the 18th Century. The members are leading instrumentalists in their field, winners of various international competitions, and hold among others Professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the universities of Music in Würzburg and Karlsruhe. Through years of artistic collaboration with, among others, Reinhard Goebel, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, John Elliott Gardiner or Christopher Hogwood, the musicians have found a distinguished place in the field of early music. In 2012, the ensemble recorded its first CD with unknown instrumental works of G.Ph. Telemann, recently released on Oehms Classics. In addition to recording activities, the ensemble’s current season includes numerous concerts, featuring collaborations with soprano Anna Prohaska, the recorder player and Echo-winning actress Dorothee Oberlinger, trumpeter Wolfgang Gaisböck and the viola da gamba player Vittorio Ghielmi, among other notable artists.
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Telemann: Twelve Fantasias for Violin Solo TWV 40:14-25; performed by Arthur Grumiaux