Anthony Princiotti

Telemann: Twelve Fantasias for Unaccompanied Violin

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Curiously neglected, the Fantasias (12) for Unaccompanied Violin by Georg Philipp Telemann represent a different but equally enticing level of Baroque writing than the more well-known J.S. Bach solo sonatas and partitas. While there are some similarities in Telemann's treatment of the instrument, his writing is more indicative of the Italian School (as compared to the influence of the German School on Bach), is far less chromatic, and relies less heavily on counterpoint and multiple-stop playing. Championing these works on this album is violinist Anthony Princiotti. Interestingly, Princiotti opposes what he calls the unjust comparison between Bach and Telemann, then proceeds to discuss in great detail the differences between the two in his liner notes. His playing is solid and honest; intonation is generally good and articulation is clean. Still, there is something lacking in his performance. While Princiotti has a clear academic knowledge of the Fantasies, his interpretation of them can be on the bland side. This is particularly true in the sometimes plodding, cumbersome slow movements. The recorded sound quality throughout is slightly distant and echoic, but in general does a nice job capturing the technical nuances of Princiotti's playing.

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