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Tafelmusic Complete Box set

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  • Audio CD (29 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B0002IQBAS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ishmael Kavalier on 18 Mar. 2007
I recommend this set to anyone with an interest in baroque music. There are other complete recordings of Telemann's Tafelmusik, like the one by Goebel's Musica Antiqua, that are absolutely great.

But this one by Musica Amphion is not less good than that much more expensive set. Believe me if I tell you that the players are exceptional and the direction has extracted the best out of these compositions. You can follow the complete 4 cd set and enjoy every bit of it, from the more playful parts to the intimate ones, without losing any interest in the performances.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2008
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767) holds the record (Guinness World Records) for the most prolific composer in history, in terms of surviving works at least. His total is estimated at more than 3,000 compositions.

Born in Germany into a mainly non-musical family he received little encouragement from his family, even to the extent of having his instruments confiscated by his mother who then sent him to study law in pursuit of a proper career.

Unperturbed, the young musician learnt an array of instruments - violin, viola, oboe, flute, organ, trombone and recorder - largely by self teaching. In true `child prodigy' style, while he was at a young age he abandoned the wishes of his family and travelled extensively in pursuit of his real passion, music.

The success story is a long one, and while the music on this 4 CD can give only a small example of his music, it typifies his extraordinary ability to write such influential works for the chamber orchestra. The performances are by the popular Dutch ensemble Musica Amphion, led by Pieter-Jan Belder, recorded in 2003.

The set is supplied in a slim line cardboard box with an 8 page book (all in English) with details of Telemann and the Musica Amphion. It's essential listening, particularly as it is available at mid-price on the Brilliant Classics label.

(Recommended further listening of the Musica Amphion is `Corelli Complete Works' a 10CD set also on the Brilliant label)
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97 of 105 people found the following review helpful
That's right! I stepped up! 13 Mar. 2007
By rustic - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been looking at this box set for a while now hoping that someone would buy it and review it. I've seen these sets sell for over $100, so I thought this one would be a dud at only $11.99. And with no samples, I just about wrote it off. But finally I took a chance.

I'm here to tell ya that if you like this music, don't hesitate to buy this box set. It has great sound, performances, and liner notes. Don't let the price fool you. I would have paid this price for the first cd alone. I don't know how these cds are selling at this price, but I won't argue.

I hope this opens the flood gates!
49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Utterly brilliant music 18 May 2008
By Senior Citizen - Published on Amazon.com
For those of you who like or, as I do, love Baroque music it doesn't get better than this. If you have not gotten past the three giants of Baroque---Bach, Handel and Vivaldi---it is time you discovered the magic of the most prolific of them all---Telemann. I have a great deal of Telemann's music, up until now only vocal music, many cantatas and a couple of delightful operas. Now I am into Telemann's instrumental music and have acquired quite a few CDs. I think his Tafelmusik is the best. But truly I don't think he ever wrote a bad note. Everything he wrote has a certain spirit, a joie de vivre. This set is ridiculously cheap and I heartily recommend it.
53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
A complete and utter STEAL! 18 May 2008
By R. Folk - Published on Amazon.com
The price has apparently risen since the last review, but it's still a steal! The performance is on period instruments. Several recordings here are among the best out there, such as the first Quator (much sweeter than the well-known Musica Antiqua Koln issue), and all three overtures are well done. This is a very competitive set.

For a moment, I'd like to address the place of Telemann in music. So often he is denigrated in favor of other composers. I will admit that Bach is greater, but I find Rameau and Handel to be his equals, and it makes me cringe every time people rank better than him the predictable and repetitive mass that is Vivaldi. Vivaldi wrote some lovely pieces (such as the Recorder concertos), but many more ordinary, homogenous pieces, however new and influential his style was. That criticism can hardly be leveled at Telemann, each of whose pieces is somehow unique.

If you want to be a Telemann convert, the Tafelmusik is exactly the place to start.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Let me tell you about Telemann 1 April 2012
By BrentH - Published on Amazon.com
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I grew up as a kid playing classical music on the piano, mostly stuff from the Romantic period. In college I got into symphonic music from both the Classical and Romantic periods. However, it wasn't until more recently that I finally started giving Baroque music any attention. It started with a new account I had setup on Pandora radio. While random surfing through some of their Classical music channels I stumbled onto the "Chamber Music" channel and it soon became a favorite. Every time I heard something on that channel that I liked I looked at what was playing and it seemed 9 times out of 10 times it was something from this box set.

There are a few things that make the music of Telemann so addictive. First of all is the melodic quality of it - there just doesn't seem to be a single wasted or excessive note. Many composers can wrap their main themes with a lot of filler notes, or what I like to call "extended noodlings". Not Telemann. Everything is a melody from start to finish. Listen to "Solo in A Major - II. Vivace" as a prefect example of the melodic drive of Telemann's music.

Then there is the orchestrations in the music. I was a music composition and arranging major in college so I'm pretty cognizant of the orchestration of any music I hear. Telemann owns orchestration! I'm amazed every time I listen to his music just how deep and rich in textures his music is. Telemann blends wind instruments and strings in such a unique way. I don't believe that any other composer sounds like him. I fully enjoy Vivaldi's music, but many times I'll hear something and won't be sure if it is Vivaldi or another composer - not so with Telemann. "Concerto in A - Mvt.2", "Suite in B flat", "Suite in E minor - II. Rejouissance" or "Quartet in G - Mvt. 2" are just a few recommended orchestration examples I can throw out for your consideration.

This box set is a lot of Telemann for the money and the playing and recording quality is top notch. Telemann used a lot of different musical styles within the Tafelmusik collection. Suites, trios, quartets, concertos and solos are all featured - there is a lot of variety for your ears.

While this is probably the crown jewel of Telemann's work and the best place to start if you are new to Telemann it is by far nowhere near a complete representation of Telemann's work. Telemann is noted as being one of the (if not the) most prolific composers with something to the effect of 3,000 works! While this box set just might be my all time favorite classical music recording, I also recommend seeking out other Telemann recordings (after you buy this one first, of course). My growing collection of Telemann includes albums by Musica Antiqua Koln, Helmut Muller-Bruhl and Apollo's Fire with many more on my Amazon Wish List.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Telemann Tafelmusik... 24 Mar. 2010
By D. S. HARDEN - Published on Amazon.com
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Just heard the Concerto for 3 Violins in F Major on KUSC on Tuesday, 03/23/2010. So, I stuck around to get the data on the work so that I could purchase it! Wouldn't you know it was (1)Telemann and (2)performed by Musica Amphion conducted by a certain Mr. Pieter-Jan Belder? Why do I even bring this up? Folks, I bought this collection in Spring 2009! At a great price (no-less!), and I just let this top-flite work gather dust on top of my stereo. Genius move on my part! Buy this work today (5 hours of music great at any price, but you can get in the $20/US range on Amazon!)!.

I rate this CD: 5 stars!

P.S., Again...I can't any more to the accolades already offered for this CD, it's that good, in my opinion!
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