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Astonishing flow

BASIL RAMSEY finds
Telemann in good company


Claves    CD 50-2112

Telemann - Solos & Trios. Maurice Steger, recorder. © 2001 Claves Records

 

Telemann needs a player's utter commitment to draw his simplicity into an expressive flow, and the fast movements into sheer dazzle.

The outstanding recorder player Maurice Steger is a perfect accomplice, and joined by others of experience for trio sonatas. In such hands, Telemann's good and less-good pieces are in luxury, with every nuance to the fore. Even so, this is still a fragile operation in weaving the music into a composite whole without a feeling of lack-lustre.

The real star of this show is the virtuosic soloist with his astonishing flow without flippancy. Telemann's music therefore responds to the treatment, and such performances provide a veritable feast for our ears [listen -- track 17, 0:00-0:47].

 

Copyright © 1 June 2002 Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK

 

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Telemann - Solos & Trios

CD 50-2112 DDD Stereo 65'08" 2001 Claves Records

Maurice Steger, recorder; Naoki Kitaya, harpsichord; Hanna Weinmeister, violin; Rainer Zipperling, cello and viola da gamba; Brian Feehan, theorbo; Käthi Gohl, cello; Markus Märkl, harpsichord
Sonatina in C minor for recorder and basso continuo; Sonata in C major for recorder and basso continuo; Fantasia in A major for solo flute; Trio Sonata in A minor for recorder, violin and basso continuo; Trio Sonata in B flat major for recorder, obbligato harpsichord and basso continuo; Trio Sonata in F major for recorder, viola da gamba and basso continuo; Sonatina in A minor for recorder and basso continuo; Fantasia VIII in E minor for recorder and basso continuo; Trio Sonata in D minor for recorder, violin and basso continuo

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