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Telemann: Tafelmusik (Complete) [Box Set] [Box set]

G.P. Telemann Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • 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: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0002IQBAS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture, suite for 2 flutes, strings & continuo in E minor (Tafelmusik I/1), TWV 55:e1: Ouverture (Lentement - Vite - Lentement - Vi
2. Overture, suite for 2 flutes, strings & continuo in E minor (Tafelmusik I/1), TWV 55:e1: Réjouissance
3. Overture, suite for 2 flutes, strings & continuo in E minor (Tafelmusik I/1), TWV 55:e1: Rondeau
4. Overture, suite for 2 flutes, strings & continuo in E minor (Tafelmusik I/1), TWV 55:e1: Loure
5. Overture, suite for 2 flutes, strings & continuo in E minor (Tafelmusik I/1), TWV 55:e1: Passepied
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Trio for 2 violins & continuo in E flat major (Tafelmusik I/4), TWV 42:Es1: Affetuoso
2. Trio for 2 violins & continuo in E flat major (Tafelmusik I/4), TWV 42:Es1: Vivace
3. Trio for 2 violins & continuo in E flat major (Tafelmusik I/4), TWV 42:Es1: Grave
4. Trio for 2 violins & continuo in E flat major (Tafelmusik I/4), TWV 42:Es1: Allegro
5. Solo (Sonata), for flute & continuo in B minor (Tafelmusik I/5), TWV 41:h4: Cantabile
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Quartet for 2 flutes, recorder, bassoon (or cello or recorder) & continuo in D minor (Tafelmusik II/2), TWV 43:d1: Andante
2. Quartet for 2 flutes, recorder, bassoon (or cello or recorder) & continuo in D minor (Tafelmusik II/2), TWV 43:d1: Vivace
3. Quartet for 2 flutes, recorder, bassoon (or cello or recorder) & continuo in D minor (Tafelmusik II/2), TWV 43:d1: Largo
4. Quartet for 2 flutes, recorder, bassoon (or cello or recorder) & continuo in D minor (Tafelmusik II/2), TWV 43:d1: Allegro
5. Concerto for 3 violins, strings & continuo in F major (Tafelmusik II/3), TWV 53:F1: Allegro
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Overture, suite for 2 oboes, 2 violins, strings & continuo in B flat major (Tafelmusik III/1), TWV 55:B1: Ouverture (Lentement - Pres
2. Overture, suite for 2 oboes, 2 violins, strings & continuo in B flat major (Tafelmusik III/1), TWV 55:B1: Bergerie (un peu vivement)
3. Overture, suite for 2 oboes, 2 violins, strings & continuo in B flat major (Tafelmusik III/1), TWV 55:B1: Allegresse (vite)
4. Overture, suite for 2 oboes, 2 violins, strings & continuo in B flat major (Tafelmusik III/1), TWV 55:B1: Postillons
5. Overture, suite for 2 oboes, 2 violins, strings & continuo in B flat major (Tafelmusik III/1), TWV 55:B1: Flaterie
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Very few complete recordings of Telemann's Tafelmusik exist, and this is a very special one, featuring the best "early music" musicians of the Netherlands including Wilbert Hazeltet, Kate Clark, Remy Baudet, Richte van der Meer, Jaap ter Linden and conductor Pieter-Jan Belder. Written for performance during ceremonious dinners, Telemann's Tafelmusik (or "Table Music") is among the most diverting work in the classical repertoire. Brilliant performances!

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96 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's right! I stepped up! March 13, 2007
By rustic
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I've been looking at this box set for a while now hoping that someone would buy it and review it. I've seen these sets sell for over $100, so I thought this one would be a dud at only $11.99. And with no samples, I just about wrote it off. But finally I took a chance.

I'm here to tell ya that if you like this music, don't hesitate to buy this box set. It has great sound, performances, and liner notes. Don't let the price fool you. I would have paid this price for the first cd alone. I don't know how these cds are selling at this price, but I won't argue.

I hope this opens the flood gates!
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant music May 18, 2008
For those of you who like or, as I do, love Baroque music it doesn't get better than this. If you have not gotten past the three giants of Baroque---Bach, Handel and Vivaldi---it is time you discovered the magic of the most prolific of them all---Telemann. I have a great deal of Telemann's music, up until now only vocal music, many cantatas and a couple of delightful operas. Now I am into Telemann's instrumental music and have acquired quite a few CDs. I think his Tafelmusik is the best. But truly I don't think he ever wrote a bad note. Everything he wrote has a certain spirit, a joie de vivre. This set is ridiculously cheap and I heartily recommend it.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete and utter STEAL! May 17, 2008
By R. Folk
The price has apparently risen since the last review, but it's still a steal! The performance is on period instruments. Several recordings here are among the best out there, such as the first Quator (much sweeter than the well-known Musica Antiqua Koln issue), and all three overtures are well done. This is a very competitive set.

For a moment, I'd like to address the place of Telemann in music. So often he is denigrated in favor of other composers. I will admit that Bach is greater, but I find Rameau and Handel to be his equals, and it makes me cringe every time people rank better than him the predictable and repetitive mass that is Vivaldi. Vivaldi wrote some lovely pieces (such as the Recorder concertos), but many more ordinary, homogenous pieces, however new and influential his style was. That criticism can hardly be leveled at Telemann, each of whose pieces is somehow unique.

If you want to be a Telemann convert, the Tafelmusik is exactly the place to start.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let me tell you about Telemann April 1, 2012
By BrentH
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I grew up as a kid playing classical music on the piano, mostly stuff from the Romantic period. In college I got into symphonic music from both the Classical and Romantic periods. However, it wasn't until more recently that I finally started giving Baroque music any attention. It started with a new account I had setup on Pandora radio. While random surfing through some of their Classical music channels I stumbled onto the "Chamber Music" channel and it soon became a favorite. Every time I heard something on that channel that I liked I looked at what was playing and it seemed 9 times out of 10 times it was something from this box set.

There are a few things that make the music of Telemann so addictive. First of all is the melodic quality of it - there just doesn't seem to be a single wasted or excessive note. Many composers can wrap their main themes with a lot of filler notes, or what I like to call "extended noodlings". Not Telemann. Everything is a melody from start to finish. Listen to "Solo in A Major - II. Vivace" as a prefect example of the melodic drive of Telemann's music.

Then there is the orchestrations in the music. I was a music composition and arranging major in college so I'm pretty cognizant of the orchestration of any music I hear. Telemann owns orchestration! I'm amazed every time I listen to his music just how deep and rich in textures his music is. Telemann blends wind instruments and strings in such a unique way. I don't believe that any other composer sounds like him. I fully enjoy Vivaldi's music, but many times I'll hear something and won't be sure if it is Vivaldi or another composer - not so with Telemann. "Concerto in A - Mvt.2", "Suite in B flat", "Suite in E minor - II. Rejouissance" or "Quartet in G - Mvt.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Telemann Tafelmusik... March 24, 2010
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Just heard the Concerto for 3 Violins in F Major on KUSC on Tuesday, 03/23/2010. So, I stuck around to get the data on the work so that I could purchase it! Wouldn't you know it was (1)Telemann and (2)performed by Musica Amphion conducted by a certain Mr. Pieter-Jan Belder? Why do I even bring this up? Folks, I bought this collection in Spring 2009! At a great price (no-less!), and I just let this top-flite work gather dust on top of my stereo. Genius move on my part! Buy this work today (5 hours of music great at any price, but you can get in the $20/US range on Amazon!)!.

I rate this CD: 5 stars!

P.S., Again...I can't any more to the accolades already offered for this CD, it's that good, in my opinion!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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As the other reviewers have already alluded to, this package of Telemann's Table Music is truly a very pleasant surprise. It is DDD mastered and hence comes in very good sound quality although a little too compressed for my taste but at least without any hiss or other sonic imperfections. The packaging is very, very well put together by Brilliant Classics and is as good as anything EMI or Deutsche Grammaphon have put out with excellent cardboard casing housing 4 cds in mini-lp sleeves. Also included is an 8-page booklet detailing a brief history of Telemann's life as well as the fine credentials of authentic instrument outfit Musica Amphion's work on this excellent recording.

Few realise that Telemann himself was a prodigy and was well respected as a composer in his day being a contemporary with his good friend Handel as well as J S Bach and an aged Vivaldi. All the composers shared ideas among themselves and "borrowed" some of them for use in their own music. In fact, Handel's "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" sounds a lot like one of the pieces in this set.

Although lesser known among his other more illustrious contemporary composers probably due to the fact that most of his prolific work is sadly lost nevertheless I think you will find that Telemann's work here is exemplary and certainly is a worthy representative of the Baroque genre.

This box set which is very well packaged and put together with good sound quality and a decent price is certainly worthy of addition to your classical sonic library.

Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For a lot less you can get 29 CDs in the Telemann Edition by...
I can't believe the price here - as of this writing in mid-June 2014, it's $66+. But just look up Brilliant's "Telemann Edition" here on Amazon, 29 CDs that include these... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alan in Hawaii
4.0 out of 5 stars good
good music and worth owning... but methinks due to his huge output he is a little repetitive.....nonetheless it does fill out the history book... signrd ,, msgnum...
Published 7 months ago by magnum
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite Tafelmusik
I seem to be bucking the trend here but in my opinion this is far from the best performance of this work out there. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeffrey Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for my son
He really likes it, but I have not had the pleasure of listening to yet. Based on his response I would definitely suggest it.
Published 21 months ago by drgnldy
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds Expectation
Georg Philipp Telemann was the most prolific of the Baroque composers, but up until this time I have focused on Corelli, Vivaldi, JS Bach, Purcell, Handel and Hayden. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Hobbitears
5.0 out of 5 stars superb!
I had not heard as much from Telemann as from the other giants of that time: Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi. But he is right up there and this disc is proof of his genius.
Published on September 10, 2012 by Ricfera
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite performances
I love listening to the extraordinary level of musicianship displayed here - beautiful execution of even the simplest of ideas - - and carefully crafted to entertain and satisfy. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by R. G. W. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ambient music!
I love classical music in the background when I'm working or dining. This set is fantastic for the price! This music is light, sweet, and dainty. Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by zerosykess
5.0 out of 5 stars Vielschreiber Extraordinaire!
Telemann was criticized for writing too much. No joke. His prolific output was somehow equated with rushed, soulless work... Read more
Published on October 24, 2011 by Darryl Eschete
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight
Music of this sort, written perhaps for when one might be at table eating, really commands more attention than the designation of "Tafelmusik" might suggest. Read more
Published on December 23, 2010 by Alex
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