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Track(s) taken from CKD368
Recording details: March 2010
National Centre for Early Music, York, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: April 2011
Total duration: 10 minutes 19 seconds

'Ensemble Meridiana performs both [concertos] with sensibility and well-balanced ensemble in the ritornello sections. Reinhard Goebel and members of Cologne Musica Antiqua put up hot competition in a recording issued in 2005, but … my preference lies with the more expressively relaxed playing of Ensemble Meridiana … the disc is sympathetically recorded and well worth investigation' (International Record Review) » More

'Bach wasn't the only 18th-century German composer to soak up the foreign musical manners that are attested to by the French or Italian adjectives in the titles of some of his works. This new CD focuses on Telemann as a master of French and Italian styles as well as a consummate practitioner of 18th-century fusion. The players of Ensemble Meridiana are appropriately international (Swiss, British, Swedish and Norwegian) and they play with real spirit and zest' (The Irish Times)

'[Ensemble Meridiana] have been taking the early music world by storm … having recently won their third international award, they have also just released their debut album, Tastes of Europe. If you're not sure Telemann chamber music is for you, think again—the group's interpretation of these trios and quartets is astoundingly good and well worth a listen' (Early Music Today)

Concerto for treble recorder, oboe, violin and continuo in A minor, Twv 43:a3
composer

Adagio  [2'49]
Allegro  [1'42]
Adagio  [1'36]
Vivace  [4'12]

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Telemann never travelled to Italy but, in much the same way as Bach, acquired his knowledge of Italian music through manuscripts circulating German courts and from visiting Italian musicians. Few concertos of Telemann so wholeheartedly embrace the sonorities and techniques of the late Italian Baroque as this concerto which is preserved in a manuscript in the Hessian State Library at Darmstadt. Its form is that of the chamber concerto where each part, other than the continuo, is obbligato.

In the case of the present work Telemann achieves effective sonorities through his informed writing for three tonally contrasting solo instruments: treble recorder, oboe and violin. Such exploitation of tonal colour was a feature of Italian Baroque music and of Venetian music in particular, and a close analogy exists between this concerto and the many examples of Vivaldi’s chamber concertos for mixed obbligato instrumental ensemble. Telemann, unlike Vivaldi, however, remains faithful to the four-movement layout of the ‘sonata da chiesa’.

The opening Adagio is characterised by a gently undulating motif introduced by the oboe and taken up first by the violin, and lastly by the recorder. The textures preserve a delicate transparency throughout. The following Allegro is fugal with episodes of vigorous passagework both in the solo and continuo parts. In the Adagio third movement (C major), Telemann achieves a notably tender means of expression both through delicately contrived sonorities and an affecting interweaving of parts.

The Vivace finale is the most extended of the movements and, perhaps, the most Italian. Its rhythmic energy and unison tutti figures call Vivaldi to mind, as indeed do the frequent episodes of virtuoso passagework for the three soloists. Distinction between ‘solo’ and ‘ripieno’ is more marked here than in the previous Allegro, each player being given clearly defined solo episodes. In the last of these, for violin, Telemann takes Italianate string figurations to heart in a dazzling display of arpeggio sequences outdistancing in length, for instance, almost any comparable example by Vivaldi. A full recapitulation of the ritornello brings this fine work to a conclusion.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2002


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'Telemann: Chamber Music' (CDH55108)
Telemann: Chamber Music
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