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