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5.0 out of 5 stars MIELDS & TELEMANN RARITIES
I'm inclined to begin my appraisal of this new release with one of the three concertos in this compilation. It is an unusual violin concerto in D major TWV22:6 that I find a treat of ultimate delight among the three. Composed and inserted to a modified restaging of one of Reinhard Keiser's popular Hamburg operas Nebucadnezar (first produced in 1703-04) it was revived...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but lacks variety
Slightly disappointed as i love Telemann's instrumental works. The singer is OK but her voice is a little lacking in character
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5.0 out of 5 stars MIELDS & TELEMANN RARITIES, 30 Jun 2013
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I'm inclined to begin my appraisal of this new release with one of the three concertos in this compilation. It is an unusual violin concerto in D major TWV22:6 that I find a treat of ultimate delight among the three. Composed and inserted to a modified restaging of one of Reinhard Keiser's popular Hamburg operas Nebucadnezar (first produced in 1703-04) it was revived under Telemann's direction at the Gansmarkt in the 1720s. However, whether Telemann replaced a Keiser `sinfonia' in the original with this concerto is anyone's guess, particularly for the CD purchaser who relies on the liner notes for information!

Nevertheless, the unexpected treat from the violin concerto is the burly sway of Vivaldian exuberance so evident in the first movement. By stark contrast the final movement displays an innate German feel with occasional Handelian overtones, so unusual with Telemann's concertos from the catalogue TWV51. Although I am not familiar with violinist Martin Jopp, Jopp has certainly displayed a masterly manner of technique. His playing clearly exhibits indispensable dynamics; his effects featuring fortes, echoes, pianos, and the like, are perfect models of exemplary playing - they are clear and distinct. Having been captured and won over by his performance on first hearing, I returned to the concerto once again, before continuing my journey with rare Telemann and Dorothee Mields.

New to me as well, this graceful soprano has shown the atypical facet of baroque vocalization not often heard in recent recordings of music from this period. Unlike DHM's recent release of Pergolesi `Opera Arias' featured by Daniela Barcellona (2012), Mields's singing can be said to be poles apart. Barcellona renders powerful dramatic bursts, and strapping vibrant excellence from beginning to end, whereas Mield's shows idyllic restrain with utmost passion coupled by an unremitting touch of stately elegance. Perhaps her most impeccable performance in this recording is found in track 16. Here in the aria `Quillt, ihr uberhauften Zahren', inserted for a revival of Handel's `Almira' (Hamburg 1705), Mields expertly manipulates the senses of her auditory. Although mesmerizing by its adagio and minor key, and so beautifully played by the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, there is an overwhelming but haunting quality about the entire aria which Mields delivers so well. Telemann's three surviving arias from his lost opera Omphale is, in itself, a delicacy of singular beauty - though jovial through and through, all three arias have that distinctive neatness about them, with which Mields again portrays so clearly and expertly.

In short, Telemann enthusiasts would appreciate a recording of such a rare selection of pieces from the pen of this baroque master. Although highly recommended, my only displeasure from this latest release is the disappointing booklet, which I found not informative. In fact most of Telemann's pieces, in this new release of rarities, have been given very little historical coverage. Other than Telemann's employment in Hamburg and passing reference concerning his cantata, featured on this disc, little else of any historical relevance is provided in the booklet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but lacks variety, 28 Jun 2013
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Slightly disappointed as i love Telemann's instrumental works. The singer is OK but her voice is a little lacking in character
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