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Very enjoyable Telemann,
This review is from: Telemann: The Autograph Scores (Chandos: CHAN 0787) (Audio CD)
This is a very enjoyable disc. It may not represent Telemann's very greatest work but the five works presented here are all very good and show a variety of styles - something of which Telemann was a real master.
The idea behind this selection is that, although Telemann was very prolific, only a few compositions survive in his own hand and Simon Standage has selected five of the eighteen known surviving autographs for this programme. They are concerti and concert overtures which feature Telemann's typical mastery of melody, orchestral colour and style and are charming, toe-tapping and occasionally rather affecting by turns. It's perhaps not a programme to make you rush to take the CD out and listen from beginning to end but I always find that if I just listen to one or two of the works it's a very rewarding experience, and Telemann's amiability always leaves me in a better frame of mind than when I started.
Standage and Collegium Musicum 90 are masters of this repertoire. That have made dozens of excellent recordings over two decades now and show no sign of fading. They have a real empathy with the music and the flexibility to give it a real glow and sparkle, so that the quicker movements zing with energy and the more contemplative ones have genuine weight while never dragging. It's exemplary baroque playing from one of the world's finest ensembles in this repertoire.
Chandos make their usual excellent job of the recording and packaging, and Simon Standage's notes are full and very interesting. The repertoire means that perhaps this disc is not a classic, but it's an immensely enjoyable programme of very good music in excellent performances. Warmly recommended.