Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin

Telemann: Concerti per molti stromenti

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Georg Philipp Telemann was one of the most prolific composers of the Baroque era, and his extremely varied oeuvre reveals a knack for experimentation and instrumentation that went beyond routine assignments of parts to conventional groupings. The works on this 2017 Harmonia Mundi album from the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin feature various combinations of trumpets, flutes, oboes, horns, timpani, and the standard deployment of strings and basso continuo, but also the mandolin, the hammered dulcimer, the harp, and the extremely rare calchedon (also called mandora, galizona, or gallichon), the long-necked lute depicted on the cover that was typically used as a bass instrument. The Akademie's brilliant performances in a historically informed style would make this program attractive even if the music were mundane, but these are among Telemann's most vivid concerted pieces, and the imaginative combinations and colorful playing are sure to please listeners, including the most jaded critics of Telemann's facility. Harmonia Mundi's recorded sound is immaculate, and the acoustics of Teldec Studio in Berlin give the group a delicious resonance. Highly recommended as one of the finest albums of 2017.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Concerto TWV 54:D3 for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, strings and basso continuo D major
1 2:10
2 2:30
3 2:25
4 2:47
Concerto TWV 53:h1 for 2 flutes, calchedon, strings and basso continuo in B minor (Dresden Version)
5 3:45
6 2:34
7 2:48
8 2:54
Concerto TWV 44:43 for 3 oboes, 3 violins and basso continuo in B flat major
9 2:32
10 2:30
11 2:46
Sonata TWV 44:32 for 2 violins, 2 violas, violoncello and basso continuo in F minor
12 1:16
13 1:52
14 1:50
15 2:06
Concerto TWV 53:F1 for mandolin, hammered dulcimer, harp, strings and basso continuo in F major
16 5:32
17 6:24
18 3:27
Concerto TWV 53:d1 for 2 oboes, bass, strings and basso continuo in D minor
19 2:48
20 1:58
21 1:56
22 2:17
Concerto TWV 54:D2 for 3 horns, violin, strings and basso continuo in D major
23 3:41
24 3:27
25 2:21
Concerto TWV 43:G5 for 2 violins, viola, violoncello and basso continuo G major
26 1:29
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