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Susanna and the elders by A member of the circle of Adam Elsheimer (1578-1610)
Reproduced by kind permission of The Governors of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55108
Recording details: May 1986
Forde Abbey, Somerset, United Kingdom
Produced by Nicholas Parker
Engineered by Nicholas Parker
Release date: June 1987
Total duration: 7 minutes 18 seconds

'A thoroughly enjoyable excursion into the most fertile territory of Telemann's chamber music' (Gramophone)

'This is one of my all-time favourite recordings and I'm so happy to have it on CD' (Early Music Review)

'One of the best records of early music that I have heard lately, and really something special' (Hi-Fi News)

Quartet for treble recorder, oboe, violin and continuo in F major

Vivace  [2'46]
Grave  [1'48]
Allegro  [2'44]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This work, whose original key is G major, belongs in a manuscript collection in the Hessian State Library at Darmstadt. All the music in it dates from Telemann’s Frankfurt period, 1712 to 1721. The opening Vivace is an animated movement in 12/8 measure. Two thematic ideas converse with one another; the first is introduced by the violin whilst the second, more lyrical idea is presented by treble recorder and oboe. The contrast afforded by Telemann’s interweaving of these two elements is both interesting and effective.

The gentle Grave has some lyrical effects as, for example, the limpid dotted quaver motif in which the three melody instruments enter in imitation; but the opening melodic statement, in crotchets, is also attractive, with opportunities for embellishment. The Allegro finale, in binary form, begins with a lively unison motif in the three upper instrumental parts, followed at one bar’s interval by the bass. This is a forward-looking movement which brings the quartet to a vigorous conclusion.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2002

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