Holland Baroque Society / Alexis Kossenko

Telemann: Ouverture & Concerti

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Telemann: Ouverture & Concerti Review

by Mike D. Brownell

Despite the extensive body of works he left behind, some of which remain unpublished, the music of Georg Philipp Telemann is generally not celebrated as much as that of his contemporary, J.S. Bach. This is a true loss to listeners who are not familiar with his music. Telemann was much more than just a composer; in fact, he held countless different positions in fields ranging from music to journalism to education and beyond. The result was a man of much world experience and breadth of experience, which translated directly into the diversity of his music. It is only appropriate then that this Channel Classics album of the Holland Baroque Society's performance of a selection of Telemann's concerti and Ouverture be directed by another broadly experienced musician: Alexis Kossenko. The result is delightful music played with an abundance of academic understanding, magnificent attention to detail, and a wealth of energy. The Holland Baroque Society attacks these little known pieces with such vigor and conviction that listeners are left wondering why Telemann's music, and these concertos in particular, is not heard more frequently. Trading between concertino and ripieno playing, balance is always perfect throughout. Although the ensemble is relatively small, it plays with an impressively round, powerful sound. Channel's recorded sound quality is likewise pleasing, present without being too close, and clear without being sterile. Those listening to the mutlichannel SACD track will enjoy an added level of spaciousness and enveloping sound. All of these components unite to make for a highly recommended album.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Ouverture in E minor, TWV 55:e3
1 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 07:15 Amazon
2 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 02:35 Amazon
3 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 02:26 Amazon
4 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 01:58 Amazon
5 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 02:37 Amazon
Concerto for 2 traversos, violin & cello in D major, TWV 53:D6
6 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 05:09 Amazon
7 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 05:14 Amazon
8 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 05:27 Amazon
9 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 04:29 Amazon
Concerto for recorder & bassoon in F major, TWV 52:F1
10 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 04:32 Amazon
11 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 05:52 Amazon
12 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 03:33 Amazon
13 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 03:38 Amazon
Concerto for 2 traversos, oboe & violin in B flat major, TWV 53:B2
14 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 01:52 Amazon
15 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 02:56 Amazon
16 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 03:20 Amazon
17 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 03:09 Amazon
Concerto for 2 traversos & bassoon in G major, TWV 54:G1
18 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 02:30 Amazon
19 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 02:55 Amazon
20 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 02:42 Amazon
21 Alexis Kossenko / Holland Baroque Society 02:50 Amazon
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