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Telemann: Tafelmusik [Box set]

Georg Philipp Telemann, Musica Antiqua Koln, Reinhard Goebel Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
  • Composer: Telemann
  • Audio CD (6 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B003W16TAE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Tafelmusik - Banquet Music In 3 Parts / Production 1 - 1. Ouverture - Suite In E Major - 1. Ouverture: Lentement - Vite - LentementMusica Antiqua Köln10:02£1.49  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Tafelmusik - Banquet Music In 3 Parts / Production 1 - 2. Quatuor In G Major - 3. GraveMusica Antiqua Köln0:24£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tafelmusik - Banquet Music In 3 Parts / Production 1 - 2. Quatuor In G Major - 4. VivaceMusica Antiqua Köln 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tafelmusik - Banquet Music In 3 Parts / Production 1 - 3. Concert In A Major - 1. LargoMusica Antiqua Köln 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  1. Tafelmusik - Banquet Music In 3 Parts / Production 1 - 4. Trio In E Flat Major - 1. AffettuosoMusica Antiqua Köln 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Tafelmusik - Banquet Music In 3 Parts / Production 2 - 1. Ouverture - Suite In D Major - 1. Ouverture: Lentement - Vite - LentementMusica Antiqua Köln10:51£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tafelmusik - Banquet Music In 3 Parts / Production 2 - 1. Ouverture - Suite In D Major - 2. Air. Tempo GiustoMusica Antiqua Köln 6:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  1. Tafelmusik - Banquet Music In 3 Parts / Production 2 - 2. Quatuor In D Minor - 1. AndanteMusica Antiqua Köln 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Tafelmusik - Banquet Music In 3 Parts / Production 3 - 1. Ouverture - Suite In B Flat Major - 3. Allégresse. Vite - Meno Mosso - Vite D.C.Musica Antiqua Köln 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
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This specially-priced four-CD boxset of Telemann's Tafelmusik contains much of Telemann’s finest music, encompassing the forms of the late Baroque: French overture and dance suite, quartet, concerto, trio, and solo sonata. It is the benchmark recording of Telemann’s wide-ranging anthology of orchestral, chamber, and solo music. Reinhard Goebel, a champion of this composer, and his Musica Antiqua Köln offer these outstanding performances of precision and clarity with “dazzling virtuosity and unanimity of ensemble and musical thinking” (The Penguin Guide).

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DGG 4778714; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica Orchestrale

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous music! 17 Sep 2011
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...who cares about the package. These disks made me sit up and take notice of Telemann. Now I can't get enough! Pickett and Hogwood also do justice to Telemann, but Goebel is up there with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very fine music 12 Jan 2014
By Gabri
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A very fine ad accurated version of Telemann's Tafelmusik. Goebel has done a great work with his Musica Antiqua Koln ensemble. The quality sound is really impressive, especially when played on a tube amp. Recommended to baroque music lovers in particular, but also to the audiophiles...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Telemann Tafelmusik 13 Mar 2013
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Wonderful. The execution is flawless. The price is a bargain (not even 3£/CD, I have downloaded the mp3 version). If you donot know these compositions by Telemann and love baroque music, this will give you many hours of very happy listening.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous music in a horrible package 18 April 2011
By Javier
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The music absolutely marvellous.

But, take care of the package. As soon as I get of the first disk it was scratched due to the poor quality of the CD envelope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Period Recording Available 25 July 2012
By danbcarson - Published on Amazon.com
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The fact that Musica Antiqua Koln (MAK) and Reinhard Goebel are now disbanded is a shame. Going through their various recordings, I am hard pressed to find another baroque orchestra that I enjoy more consistently. Many will argue the same case for the Freiburger Barockorchester under Gottfried von der Goltz/Petra Mullejans, but I find Goebel's band to be my first choice, for several reasons.

-They are impeccably clean players. Intonation is never less than perfect, as is their rhythm.
-In a similar vein, their technical prowess (particularly Mr. Goebel's; check out the first movement of his Brandenburg 3) allows them to take some refreshingly bright tempi. It is this kind of livliness and vitality that makes excellent period performance so attractive, at least to me.
-MAK/Goebel's improvisation and ornamentation is truly impressive. To compare, Pieter-Jan Belder's set of Tafelmusik is also clean and exciting, but their is little, if any, improvisatory risk-taking. Conversely, Goebel's reading is full of the spontanaeity that can only be the result of extensive experience and technical comfort that frees the players to interact in a truly never-to-be-heard-again manner.

Telemann's Tafelmusik is not a collection of music that plays itself, per se. In fact, many would argue that baroque music is quite repetitive and lack-luster compared to the more varied, one-of-a-kind repertoire of Brahms, Dvorak, Mahler, and comparable Romantics. As a baroque music lover and period-instrument fanatic, I find it painful to admit; however I do agree that the music can get repetitive. My conclusion is that this type of music, having less specifics indicated by the composer in each work, requires a heightened creativity and musical inventiveness on the part of the performer. And that is where Goebel's reading succeeds to the highest degree. Somehow, listening to all seven movements of the opening Ouvertüre-Suite In E Minor, I just don't get bored. Goebel and his friends seem to be having a blast the whole time. The dynamics, whether indicated by the composer or intuited by the players, are always extreme and convincing. The tempi are also varied in the extreme, which is a plus in my book. You will never hear members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, or even the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, who have an impressive discography of baroque repertoire, employ such drastic contrasts in their readings.

In short, Telemann's music, great as it is, benefits from the inventiveness of MAK/Goebel, whose extremes of tempi and dynamics, extraordinary technical command, and unsurpassed improvisatory skill make this set THE DEFINITIVE complete set of Telemann's Tafelmusik, surpassing the efforts of Pieter-Jan Belder/Musica Amphion (which is also highly enjoyable, though not my favorite) and even the great set by Gottfried von der Goltz/Petra Mullejans and the great Freiburger Barockorchester, which made the 2011 Grammophon shortlist in the baroque instrumental category. To make this set even more attractive, it is now available in reissue through Deutsche Grammophone/Archiv Produktion's Collector's Edition, which offers some truly excellent recordings of need-to-own classical music at truly affordable prices, in clever, recognizable packaging. To me it's a no brainer; great music, top-notch playing, great price. Highly, highly recommended!

-Dan Carson
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goebel Obviously Likes Telemann 19 Jun 2012
By Peter Besenbruch - Published on Amazon.com
As usual, check the CD prices, as the MP3 download may not be cheapest. CD or MP3, you should strongly consider this recording. Current prices for either make this recording a bargain.

I grew up listening to the Concerto Amsterdam recording. It helped make Telemann my favorite "easy listening" composer. By today's standards, the Concerto Amsterdam doesn't measure up technically. To put it bluntly, the sound sucks.

And that's the biggest difference between the old recording and Goebel's. The Musica Antiqua Koeln recording sounds fantastic. No pinched highs, superb balance, and limpid transparency combine with enthusiastic, incisive playing to make this recording a joy to listen to.

What do you get for under $20? Three "Productions", each featuring an orchestral suite, a concerto, a quartet, a trio, and a solo sonata. Each production also finishes with a "Conclusion" scored like the matching suite. The suites are supposed to be in the French baroque style, the concertos and sonatas in the Italian. That said, there's plenty of Italian style solo passages in the suites, too.

In short, this is delightful, uncomplicated music that's well recorded, and a joy to listen to.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Composers Have All the Luck! 9 Feb 2013
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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The long musical career of Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) was an unbroken succession of triumphs. Telemann had studied law before deciding on a life in music, perhaps thus acquiring the business savvy that typified his activities as an impresario and a publisher as well as a composer. He moved quickly up the ladder of important positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach, and Frankfurt before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of the city's five main churches. Few composers of his era had such untrammeled authority over the musical life of any city or court. Think of his closest peers in Germany, Bach and Zelenka, underappreciated and undersupported! Telemanns's prodigious productivity was undoubtedly a reflection of his freedom to compose as he wished and of the respect his music gained. While Telemann's career prospered, however, his personal life was a mess: his first wife died only a few months after their marriage, and his second wife had extramarital affairs and accumulated a large gambling debt in Frankfurt. Ah, well, "unlucky in love, lucky in ...."

It was enterprise more than luck that preserved so much of Telemann's musical output. His Tafelmusik -- "Musique de Table" -- of 1732 is an example. Telemann published it by subscription in Hamburg at the steep price of eight thalers per copy; enough buyers came forth to more than double the composer's income for the year. One of the subscribers was Handel. The Dresden court violinist Pisandel ordered six copies., and the French flautist Blavet ordered twelve. The construction of the tafelmusik is as ambitious as the publication plan. It consists of three "productions" -- each a full concert program of an hour or longer -- for a chamber orchestra of strings and winds. Each Production includes: an Ouverture and Suite of dance-like movements in the French manner; a Quartet composed in a more earnest counterpoint; a virtuosic Concerto; a Trio of galanteries; a Solo sonata with continuo; and a Conclusion that reprises the instrumentation of the Suite. The full Tafelmusik is as much an encyclopedia of the possibilities of the chamber orchestra as any of Bach's pedagogical works for keyboard. For the modern listener, however, a better comparison would be to Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos, since even Telemann's most intellectually impressive compositions are invariably exuberant entertainments.

Telemann has also benefited from an odd sort of posthumous luck: the revival of his music didn't begin in earnest until the "Early Music" movement was well underway. There are extremely few recordings of Telemann on 20th C instruments, or by outsized orchestras, or under the batons of Heldenwallop conductors. One exception is his trumpet concerto, recorded by Maurice Andre with Herbert von Karajan; it's not an embarrassment, but it's scarcely the real thing. There are at least eleven complete performances of Tafelmusik available on CD currently, and all of them are tolerably good. There are twice that number of recordings of Bach's Brandenburgs, but half of them are rubbish. And let's not even mention poor Handel's Water Music!

Musica Antiqua Köln first released this recording in 1988, when the ensemble already had fifteen years of brilliance behind it. This is a forceful, muscular interpretation, less galante than some others. The attention to details of phrasing and the emphasis given to inner voices make this performance unique in drama. Reinhard Goebel and Manfred Krämer, both fiercely skilled fiddlers, are the principal soloists throughout. If one of these Productions were actually performed at a musical banquet, as Telemann projected, the food would need to be exquisite, lest it get cold on the table while the diners listen spellbound.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully played and great music 14 Feb 2013
By John Neagle - Published on Amazon.com
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I have the original 4 CD set on Archiv that was issued in 1989, as well as the later Harnoncourt performances on Teldec (as opposed to the first ones on Telefunken). The music is so varied and wonderful (right up there with the Brandenburgs) that I can't part with either set and am even thinking about getting another. It is my honest impression that MAK here provides performances that are absolutely stellar examples of the period instrument playing. I have enjoyed this set consistently for twenty years and always hear something new and different in it. All of the soloists are clearly virtuosos and they play marvelously well together. I tend to get a much stronger sense of the individual musicians playing here than in the Harnoncourt set, which is also excellent. The recording quality is top notch. Perhaps some of the objections are based on MAK's reputation for being a trifle over the top to the point of eccentricity in their ebullience (like certain Italian period groups) yet to me that is a big asset. But the bottom line is that anyone looking for a complete set of this music on early instruments will be very well served by at least four different offerings reviewed on this site. The MAK one has always served as my benchmark, but how nice to have all these great choices. It is hard for me to imagine anyone feeling disappointed after acquiring this great set.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 July 2011
By J. TIMMERMAN - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent quality sound with plenty of clarity and ambience, plus lively vivacious playing make this a winner. Telemann was the master of melodic invention and this manuscript is a testament. Arguably the Tafelmusik to must have - especially at this price.
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