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Ouvertures Pittoresques [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

G.P. Telemann Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Audio CD (February 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Bis
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative Telemann March 2, 2013
Fans of the Hamburg master won't need to be informed that there are already numerous Telemann collections on CD. However, this present programme stands out for a number of reasons, the first of them being the sheer quality of the performers and their interpretation. The Polish period-instrument ensemble Arte dei Suonatori have already made a number of fine baroque recordings and here, under the alert and sensitive direction of Martin Gester, their spirited playing and delicious textures - especially where woodwind are added to the mix - are ideally matched to the urbane, eccentric subtleties of Telemann's music.

The second outstanding aspect of this recital is the enterprising and attractive choice of music, consisting of three Overture-suites - probably among the less familiar of the composer's numerous works in this format - and two orchestral "Concertos polonois". Much of the music has a programmatic content and all of it is strongly characterised in Telemann's typically quirky and inventive manner, as already indicated by the disc's title. The first overture-suite in D, for 3 oboes and strings, is a delight from the very start, as is the ensemble's colourful, finely balanced sound and sensitive playing. This is followed by a "Völker-Ouvertüre" - sometimes called "Les Nations" - including several movements with titles illustrative of various nationalities. The short but delightful bell movement "Les Moscovites", for example, comes off beautifully.

The two "Concertos polonois" are fine expressions of the composer's experience of Poland and his interest in its folk music. The second of these works has appeared on a number of CDs before, and its two slower movements bring especially attractive and memorable melodies.
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