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Telemann: 36 Fantasies for Harpsichord [Box set]

Andrea Coen Audio CD

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Disc: 1
1. Fantasia in D, TWV33: 1
2. Fantasia in D Minor, TWV33: 2
3. Fantasia in E, TWV33: 3
4. Fantasia in E Minor, TWV33: 4
5. Fantasia in F, TWV33: 5
6. Fantasia in F Minor, TWV33: 6
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Fantasia in C Minor, TWV33: 13
2. Fantasia in C, TWV33: 14
3. Fantasia in B Minor, TWV33: 15
4. Fantasia in D, TWV33: 16
5. Fantasia in G Minor, TWV33: 17
6. Fantasia in B Flat, TWV33: 18
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Disc: 3
1. Fantasia in F, TWV33: 25
2. Fantasia in D Minor, TWV33: 26
3. Fantasia in E Minor, TWV33: 27
4. Fantasia in G, TWV33: 28
5. Fantasia in G Minor, TWV33: 29
6. Fantasia in C Minor, TWV33: 30
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly delightful and engaging... 9 July 2012
By Thomas Gleim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have many Telemann recordings, and I keep buying more. Over many years, I've come to feel that Telemann is one of history's most underrated composers. Far from the common caricature of "baroque sewing machine music" that his works receive at the hands (mouths?) of certain tedious critics, Georg Phillip Telemann was in fact a highly inventive and far-sighted composer whose works express direct, heartfelt sentiment while always showing an immaculate good taste. He was enormously facile, hard-working and long-lived, so his output is immense, dwarfing the outputs of Bach and Handel, a fact that works against some critics taking him as seriously as they otherwise might. But we would do well to remember that during the time of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Couperin, Scarlatti, and many other first-rate talents, Telemann was almost universally regarded as Europe's greatest composer.

Even with a full shelf of Telemann recordings, I had no recordings at all of his keyboard music. In fact, Telemann wasn't a keyboard virtuoso and isn't known as a "keyboard composer". But after getting this wonderful new BC release, I've had to immediately revise my notion of Telemann's place in the keyboard repertoire. If someone says "clavier", I'd wager that your first thought isn't "Telemann". This isn't surprising, since rarely are anyone except virtuosi-composers canonized in the keyboard repertoire. And, in fact, when you hear this recording, you'll immediately notice that the pieces don't require virtuoso technique - these works fall comfortably into the "hausmusik" vein. But what wonderful little pieces they are! There are 36 fantasias here, divided into three sets of 12 each. The first and third sets are in "Italian" style, meaning that they have a fast/slow/fast da capo structure, with the last "movement" being a varied repeat of the first. The second set is in "French" style, meaning that the above structure is supplemented by a fourth section. All the pieces are relatively short, individual sections lasting a minute or two.

In these pieces Telemann has concocted mostly joyful, dance-like little flights of fancy, propelled forward by a strong rhythmic drive and a flowing melodic sense. I'm not sure if it would be possible for anyone not to be at least a little taken by these. I like a lot of variety in my listening, but I could listen to this entire set - and then play it again. It has that sense of "endless melody" that keeps you wanting it to go on and on. I have recordings of what I think are the complete keyboard works of Handel, and if I compare the enjoyment I get from this set to the enjoyment I get from those Handel recordings, well, I actually enjoy these more! (Part of that may be due to these superb performances.) Nothing here is profound or earth-shattering - just solid, top-quality music-making, brightening the day of the receptive listener.

I can't say enough good things about Andrea Coen's (ideal) readings. I'd never had the pleasure of hearing him before, but he is clearly a deeply insightful and highly sensitive interpreter. He's inventive varying the da capo repeats and tasteful in ornamentation. Under his fingers, the harpsichord emerges as an intimate, subjective instrument somewhat akin to the clavichord. He has an unerring sense of rhythmic spring that always sustains forward momentum. And speaking of instruments, the one used on this recording is truly beautiful (a 2010 copy by Fratini and Pallotti of an early eighteenth century Mietke instrument). I just love the sound of this instrument, and it contributes in no small way to the overall pleasure of listening to this very fine release. Sound is crystal-clear, well-defined and warm.

The release contains a booklet with an essay on the music by Mr. Coen (Italian and English) and a short profile of the harpsichordist (English). I'd say it's not really possible to go wrong with this set.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genre for Genre ... 12 Sep 2012
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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... Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) is a match for his friend and contemporary JS Bach -- in their cantatas and oratorios, in their orchestral suites and concertos, in their Passion settings -- except for one: their works for solo keyboard (harpsichord or organ). No solo harpsichord work by Telemann approaches the grandeur of Bach's Goldberg Variations, "French" Suites or "English Suites." Telemann's compositions for organ are largely unexplored musical territory but I'd be flabbergasted if they met the standard of Bach's preludes and fugues. The thirty six "fantasias" of TWV33, played here by Andrea Coen, compare more suitably with Bach's Two and Three Part Inventions and with the charming miniatures from the Ana Magdalena Notebook. In that comparison, Telemann hold his own in terms of delight.

Sophistication and delight are probably the key qualities of these pieces. Good keyboardists tell me that they are not especially challenging but that they are a constant joy to play, first because they are so thoroughly idiomatic to the harpsichord and second because they are tirelessly inventive and effervescent. Whereas Bach's keyboard works are intellectual and pedagogical, Telemann's are ineluctably entertainments, both for the player and the listener. Hearing them before or after Bach's Art of Fugue, for instance, I can understand why musicians and audiences of the generation of Bach's sons regarded Bach as "dry." And why Telemann was enormously more successful as a career composer. There's a huge stock of musical craft in these pieces, but one hardly notices it while being charmed by their emotional and kinaesthetic piquancy. Don't mistake effortlessness for facility! Telemann had YOUR pleasure in mind when he wrote this music, and he knew how to achieve it.

The 36 fantasias are divide into three sets of twelve. The first and last are Italianate in style, while the second set is gallantly French. To my ears, the French twelve are more distinctive and more affective. All 36 are played on the same harpsichord, a copy of an 18th C German instrument, but the timbres of that instrument sound especailly lovely on the slow movements of the French-style fantasies. Harpsichordist Andrea Coen has performed with Monica Huggett, Christopher Hogwood, and a number of Italian HIPP ensembles, though he is better known as a musicologist and teacher at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Roma.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 36 Fantasies for Harpsichord... 6 July 2012
By D. S. HARDEN - Published on Amazon.com
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Recorded 27 February 2011 - 2 March 2011 in the Teatro La Fortuna (Monte San Vito, Italy), the "36 Fantasies for Harpsichord" totals some 120 pieces (3 compact discs) of music varying from as little as 00:30 to as much as 02:44. Andrea Coen demonstrates his competency at the instrument throughout. This is my first exposure to this work (and this artist). The recordings themselves are clear, crisp and well-engineered. Beyond enjoyable - and frankly, a great value!

So much music for $15.00/US.

The listing on Amazon has a few omissions, so here's the collection as recorded:
Compact Disc 1: (54:59)

Fantasia in D TWV33: 1
01 I. Allegro (1:20)
02 II. Adagio (1:30)
03 III. Presto (1:25)

Fantasia in D minor TWV33:2
04 I. Presto (1:29)
05 II. Adagio (1:15)
06 III. Presto (1:33)

Fantasia in E TWV33: 3
07 I. Vivace (1:31)
08 II. Largo (2:31)
09 III. Vivace (1:35)

Fantasia in E minor TWV33: 4
10 I. Allegro (1:24)
11 II. Dolce (0:43)
12 III. Allegro (1:29)

Fantasia in F TWV33: 5
13 I. Vivace (1:40)
14 II. Largo (0:49)
15 III. Vivace (1:42)

Fantasia in F minor TWV33: 6
16 I. Tempo di Minuetto (1:59)
17 II. Largo (1:06)
18 III. Tempo di Minuetto (2:04)

Fantasia in G TWV33: 7
19 I. Presto (1:30)
20 II. Largo (0:58)
21 III. Presto (1:35)

Fantasia in G minor TWV33: 8
22 I. Vivace (1:27)
23 II. Cantabile (2:44)
24 III. Vivace (1:33)

Fantasia in A TWV33: 9
25 I. Allegro (1:40)
26 II. Grave (0:46)
27 III. Allegro (1:44)

Fantasia in A minor TWV33: 10
28 I. Allegro (1:53)
29 II. Largo (1:01)
30 III. Allegro (1:56)

Fantasia in B flat TWV33: 11
31 I. Allegro (1:59)
32 II. Largo (1:03)
33 III. Allegro (2:04)

Fantasia in E flag TWV33: 12
34 I. Vivace (1:24)
35 II. Largo (0:42)
36 III. Vivace (1:26)

Compact Disc 2: (64:05)

Fantasia in C minor TWV33: 13
01 I. Tendrement (1:22)
02 II. Vivement (1:16)
03 III. Tendrement (1:29)
04 IV. Tres vite (0:32)

Fantasia in C TWV33: 14
05 I. Gravement (2:29)
06 II. Gayment (1:30)
07 III. Gravement (2:38)
08 IV. Allegrement (0:44)

Fantasia in B minor TWV33: 15
09 I. Pompeusement (1:35)
10 II. Allegrement (0:59)
11 III. Pompeusement (1:36)
12 IV. Gayment (0:38)

Fantasia in D TWV33: 16
13 I. Gratieusment (1:38)
14 II. Vivement (1:33)
15 III. Gratieusment (1:39)
16 IV. Vite (0:36)

Fantasia in G minor TWV33: 17
17 I. Melodieusement (1:27)
18 II. Spirituellement (1:24)
19 III. Melodieusement (1:36)
20 IV. Vite, en sol min. (0:32)

Fantasia in B flat TWV33: 18
21 I. Tendrement (1:50)
22 II. Gayment (1:25)
23 III. Tendrement (0:32)
24 IV. Vite (0:30)

Fantasia in A minor TWV33: 19
25 I. Lentement (1:53)
26 II. Allegrement (1:07)
27 III. Lentement (1:53)
28 IV. Vivement (0:53)

Fantasia in A TWV33: 20
29 I. Gratieusement (1:54)
30 II. Vite (1:10)
31 III. Gratieusement (0:37)
32 IV. Gayment (0:53)

Fantasia in E minor TWV33: 21
33 I. Flateusement (1:21)
34 II. Vivement (1:05)
35 III. Flateusement (1:27)
36 IV. Tres vite (0:41)

Fantasia in G TWV33: 22
37 I. Moderement (1:47)
38 II. Vivement (1:51)
39 III. Moderement (1:47)
40 IV. Gayment (0:43)

Fantasia in G minor TWV33: 23
41 I. Pompeusement (1:56)
42 II. Allegrement (1:11)
43 III. Pompeusement (1:39)
44 IV. Vite (0:30)

Fantasia in B flat TWV33: 24
45 I. Gratieusement (2:34)
46 II. Gaillardement (1:05)
47 III. Gratieusement (1:19)
48 IV. Vitement (0:59)

Compact Disc 3: (49:58)

Fantasia in F TWV33: 25
01 I. Vivace (1:10)
02 II. Tempo giusto (1:35)
03 III. Vivace (0:42)

Fantasia in D minor TWV33: 26
04 I. Vivace (1:38)
05 II. Largo (1:59)
06 III. Vivace (1:12)

Fantasia in E minor TWV33: 27
07 I. Tempo giusto (1:17)
08 II. Presto (0:53)
09 III. Tempo giusto (1:22)

Fantasia in G TWV33: 28
10 I. Vivace (1:21)
11 II. Dolce (1:36)
12 III. Vivace (1:25)

Fantasia in G minor TWV33: 29
13 I. Allegro (1:31)
14 II. Soave (1:28)
15 III. Allegro (1:36)

Fantasia in C minor TWV33: 30
16 I. Gratioso (1:11)
17 II. Vivace (1:01)
18 III. Gratioso (1:02)

Fantasia in A TWV33: 31
19 I. Presto (1:07)
20 II. Arioso (1:49)
21 III. Presto (1:13)

Fantasia in A minor TWV33: 32
22 I. Vivace (1:20)
23 II. Minuet (0:49)
24 III. Vivace (1:27)

Fantasia in B minor TWV33: 33
25 I. Allegro (1:09)
26 II. Con pompa (1:46)
27 III. Allegro (1:12)

Fantasia in D TWV33: 34
28 I. Allegro (1:20)
29 II. Dolce (1:04)
30 III. Allegro (1:26)

Fantasia in E flat TWV33: 35
31 I. Vivace (1:31)
32 II. Moderato (1:28)
33 III. Vivace (1:37)

Fantasia in B flat TWV33: 36
34 I. Vivace (1:52)
35 II. Arioso (1:28)
36 III. Vivace (1:59)

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I rate "Telemann: 36 Fantasias"...Five stars!
4.0 out of 5 stars 36Fantasies for Harpsichord 21 July 2014
By EGO - Published on Amazon.com
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Sitting in the evening and relaxing to great music is the ultimate. It is easy to find beautiful music to enjoy. The classical music of its time is always found in my home. Hope you will enjoy it too.
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