Pratum Integrum Orchestra

Georg Philipp Telemann: Complete Orchestral Suites, Vol. 3

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The vast legacy of Georg Philipp Telemann's music continues to yield whole genres that have hardly been recorded; of the six orchestral suites released here by the Russian audiophile label Caro Mitis, four are claimed to be world premiere recordings. The Pratum Integrum Orchestra is a historical-instrument group. This is something still fairly new for Russia, but the musicians play quite idiomatically, with a fine sense of Telemann's humor if not quite the gearlike ensemble of some of the western European groups. The suites themselves aren't Bach suites, but they don't try to be; they offer excellent examples of the composer's sheer imagination. The lineup of dances is different in each suite, and while there is an opening dotted-rhythm overture in each case, several are infiltrated by livelier cross rhythms. The dances themselves are a varied lot, with witty little studies of character and mood (sample the sly "La Prude" from the Suite in B minor for strings, two oboes, bassoon, and continuo, TWV 55:h3), as well as the usual court dances. On top of this, the suites collected here offer several examples of Telemann's interest in folk rhythms (consider the unusual "Hanasky" movement of the Suite in E major for strings and continuo, TWV 55:E1, based on the music of a Czech region), and various unique individual conceptions as well, such as the "Tourbillon" (Whirlwind), in the Suite in D major for strings, two oboes, bassoon, and continuo, TWV 55:D12, and a "Perpetuum Mobile" from the same suite. Transparent Super Audio sound from Caro Mitis rounds out an enjoyable package for lovers of Baroque ensemble music.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Orchestral suite in D major, for strings, basso continuo, 2 oboes and bassoon colla parte, TWV 55: D12
1 5:55
2 1:39
3 2:19
4 1:08
5 3:16
6 1:50
7 1:28
Orchestral suite in B flat major, for strings, basso continuo, 2 oboes and bassoon colla parte, TWV 55: B3
8 6:03
9 1:27
10 1:52
11 1:38
12 1:09
13 2:00
14 3:11
15 0:54
Orchestral suite in D minor, for strings, basso continuo, 2 oboes and bassoon colla parte, TWV 55: d1
16 4:44
17 2:07
18 1:36
19 1:13
20 1:45

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Orchestral suite in B minor, for strings, basso continuo, 2 oboes and bassoon colla parte, TWV 55: h3
1 4:25
2 2:06
3 0:56
4 1:19
5 2:38
6 2:33
7 1:30
8 1:29
Orchestral suite in E major, for strings, basso continuo, TWV 55: E1
9 6:04
10 1:51
11 1:59
12
Air
1:40
13 0:41
14 1:11
15 1:32
16 0:57
17 2:32
18 1:11
Orchestral suite in G major, for violin, strings, and basso continuo, TWV 55: G6
19 7:41
20 2:56
21 2:17
22 4:38
23 0:56
24 2:54
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