Despite the extensive body of works he left behind, some of which remain unpublished, the music of Georg Philipp Telemann is generally not celebrated as much as that of his contemporary, J.S. Bach.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.
AllMusic Review by Mike D. Brownell
|Ouverture in E minor, TWV 55:e3|
|Concerto for 2 traversos, violin & cello in D major, TWV 53:D6|
|Concerto for recorder & bassoon in F major, TWV 52:F1|
|Concerto for 2 traversos, oboe & violin in B flat major, TWV 53:B2|
|Concerto for 2 traversos & bassoon in G major, TWV 54:G1|