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Telemann - Tafelmusik (complete)

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 92177

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Release Date: 9th December 2016



Musica Amphion


Pieter‐Jan Belder


Telemann, Georg Philipp

Tafelmusik I-III (complete)


Musica Amphion


Pieter‐Jan Belder


In 2017, the world turns its fickle attention once more to Telemann, who died on 26 June 1767. There will be celebrations of perhaps the most prolific yet consistently inspired composer in the Western canon of art music. There is some competition for that accolade, most compellingly from Bach, but even the Kapellmeister of Leipzig could not match his elder compatriot’s industry, or indeed variety of work in every current genre of music, including the nascent art of opera.

Fifty years ago, to mark the bicentenary of his death, a set which made a signal contribution to the appreciation of Telemann by an audience beyond scholars was the complete Tafelmusik, which received its first complete recording on period instruments from the Dutch recorder virtuoso Frans Brüggen and his Concerto Amsterdam. That set on Das alte Werk/Telefunken became an instant classic, and over the years sold many thousands of copies, perhaps far more than could ever have been anticipated for what was then a 6‐LP set of overtures, concertos and orchestral suites. A few years ago Brüggen’s compatriots in Musica Amphion turned their attention to Tafelmusik, and the set is now repackaged in a special anniversary edition.

The instrumentalists – one per part, as they were on the earlier recording – are no less renowned in their own era as were Brüggen’s musicians. Many of them pursue distinguished solo careers – including flautist Wilbert Hazelzet, violinist Rémy Baudet, cellists Richte van der Meer and Jaap ter Linden, and the oboists Frank de Bruine and Alfredo Bernardini. All have made significant contributions to the dissemination and understanding of Baroque and early music through performances and recordings with the most distinguished early‐music ensembles and conductors.

The value of this set was widely recognised on its original release. ‘I enjoyed the concertante aspects of these performances greatly; phrasing is unmannered and straightforward without becoming prosaic and they evince a true chamber intimacy in the Trios and Quartets. Characterisation of the various movements, whether Francophile or Vivaldian is acutely judged and the rewards are uniform – and lasting.’ - Musicweb International

‘Joining Belder as members of Musica Amphion are a number of longstanding Baroque period‐instrument ‘all‐stars’... Brilliant's sound is very good, with a slight but ever‐present focus on the soloists. Listeners who enjoy Baroque music though were previously reluctant to spring for one of Telemann's more epic productions now have no excuse to hold back. Recommended!’ - Classics Today

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