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The dancing man

the charms of Telemann
released by an experienced group

harmonia mundi    HMC 901744

Telemann: La Bizarre (c) 2002 CPO

Putting Telemann into the hands of a group like Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin results in a vivacity to project real music. For us is the joy of getting more than we expect.

Telemann was an originator of sheer delight and dramatic tension which comes out as mastery in such performances as here. Whilst only the experts amongst us can gauge the music on paper as the sounds that impact credibly for listeners, the overall result has pace, drama, and that indefinable uplift that can only be thwarted by lack of attention [listen -- track 18, 0:34-1:34].

As frequently happens, music based on dance forms becomes an irresistable lure to our ears. No doubt Telemann's mostly unfamiliar and wondrously crafted music will gain wider recognition as it finds yet more space on CDs for us to savour at leisure.

Copyright © 2 November 2002 Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK


Telemann: 'La Bizarre'

HMC 901744 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 71'05" 2002 harmonia mundi sa

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Midori Seiler, solo violin

Georg Philipp Telemann: Suite in D TWV 55:D18, Overture 'Les Nations' in B flat, TWV 55:B5, Concerto pour violon 'Les Rainettes', TWV 51:A2, Overture 'La Bizarre' in G TWV 55:G2



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