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Telemann Edition [Box set]

Georg Philipp Telemann , Pieter-Jan Belder , Patrick Peire , Jed Wentz , Musica Amphion , Collegium Instrumentale Brugense , Musica ad Rhenum Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Musica Amphion, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Musica ad Rhenum
  • Conductor: Pieter-Jan Belder, Patrick Peire, Jed Wentz
  • Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann
  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 29
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B004D3BPH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good selection at great price June 12, 2011
By Y.P.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Telemann Edition is Brilliant Classics's newest addition to its Composer Edition/Portrait series. I had my doubt when Amazon recommended this to me as a pre-order item, since many of the new releases are revamped "Masterworks" series: Vivaldi, Handel, Mendelssohn, etc., all of them I had previously bought but eventually either sold or gave away. However, I decided to take the chance anyway. After all, what can I lose at such a price? As it turns out, the Telemann Edition is a good buy and has given me hours of listening pleasure. A keeper.

What's good about this box? It's good selections and mostly good performances at a great price. True, your Telemann collection won't be complete and your buying days won't be finished even if you buy this box. However, the selections are good and cover many facets of Telemann's works. (Well, I'd love to have at least one opera in the box, but I am not sure BC's tight budget would allow that.) Also true: there are only a handful of discs I could call truly outstanding.(*) However, most performances are from good to very good and are worth listening. Additionally there is an accompanying CD-Rom which includes the liner notes and the sung texts in the original German in the PDF format, which is a welcome and much-needed addition to BC's Masterworks series. Unfortunately, the translations are not offered, except for the Bass Cantatas (CD24), which was released individually earlier. If, like me, your German is not fluent, and you don't mind awkward English translations, the Google Translator will come in handy with quick cut-and-paste. (This is one place the PDF format is superior to the printed one.)

Some technical information: All but CD7 (Oboe Concerto) and CD9-16 (Overtures) are performed on period instruments.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it, no questions asked May 6, 2011
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I bought this when the planets had mysteriously aligned and the price was a mere $39.99 US (and with the Australian dollar buying $1.10 US recently, it was even better!). But the normal price was around twice that, but even if this seemingly one-time special is never to be repeated, this set is still worth it at $80 (which is just $2.75 per disc).

Of the 29 CDs in the set I purchased (I note 31 now listed? Brilliant are always re-jigging their products, it seems) I can safely say that it was only the "Concerto in E major for Flute, Oboe d'amore, Viola d'amore, Strings & basso continuo" on the "Concertos for Diverse Instruments" CD that I did not like. The viola d'amore in this recording almost sounds out of tune; the performers are the Wiener Akademie. It's so bad I can't stand to listen to it, but with only one work across 29 CDs not being to my liking, that's not bad, considering.

The 4 CDs of Tafelmusik are played by Musica Amphion and use period instruments. The performances are quite agreeable, though I prefer Reinhard Goebel's Musica Antiqua Köln for these works, but a change of pace to trick the ear every now and then doesn't go astray, and if you don't yet have Tafelmusik, then these will fill that void well.

The 8 CDs of overtures are excellent. They're not lush or rushed performances worthy of Reinhard Goebel, but are more intimate modern instrument recordings made between 2004 and 2008. They are worth the full price alone, in my view. The Passions-Oratorium spans two discs and is mainly a curiosity for me. It isn't a particularly memorable work. The remaining CDs make for easy listening and will round out your Telemann collection in one fell swoop.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first approach to Telemann's music July 28, 2012
By Willito
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Although I knew Telemann's music since long before, this is the first time I decided to have a collection of his music. And what a collection I've got! Every CD is a wonderful display of his genius. It is not easy to find such an extensive yet varied collection in one single set, let alone for that price. Absolutely recommendable.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, mostly good, bargain May 10, 2011
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This is a good but unspectacular collection of a wide variety of Telemann's music. At the price it's a bargain.

Most of the orchestral music and chamber music is performed by the Brilliant in-house early music groups, centered on JP Belder and Jed Wentz. They give good performances well recorded. Not the best available but certainly good enough you won't feel any regrets. The small scale cantatas are well done, but not outstanding. The big choral work is very well done indeed. the disappointment is the 8 discs devoted to the overtures. These performances need more life; they are adequate but unexciting.

Do you need this much Telemann? Probably not but at this price it's worth buying.
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