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5.0 out of 5 stars Music for those short of time, 4 Feb 2011
This review is from: Telemann: Wind Concertos. (Audio CD)
As someone who has an unshakeable belief that classical music should be heard as entire works rather than the smorgasbord approach, Telemann is a gift. Not only is the music wonderful but he writes short little pieces, so typically one of these 3 or 4 movement wind concertos lasts 10 to 15 minutes. Its pretty impossible to find the time to listen to, say a Wagner opera if you want to get the whole progression, sweep and journey of the experience: it has to be scheduled for in the diary! Telemann was clearly satisfying music lovers who either lacked the stamina, or the time, to listen to 3 hours worth.

These are like short stories in musical form, and like all good short stories, perfectly constructed in brevity.

There's a delicious brightness and vibrancy about the music, the period instruments and the effervescent playing of Musica Antiqua Koln. There are also surprising and effective pairings of instruments - a beautiful clear silvery trumpet and viola piece for example.
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2011 22:47:55 GMT
The Wolf says:
Hello Lady Fancifull

I am unfamiliar with Telemann's music.
Thankyou for this splendid little review.
I will seek it out and listen!

Can I give you a tip too. Do hear June Tabor's
new album 'Ashore'. I think it is one of the most
beautiful things I have ever heard.
I am VERY excited about it!

Best Wishes

The Wolf

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2011 23:13:28 GMT
Well thankyou - I've just had a little MP3 moment - what an amazing voice. AND she sings that lovely ballad about the Selkie, which is a heartbreaker.
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