Telemann the Chameleon | Lawo Classics LWC1158

Telemann the Chameleon


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Label: Lawo Classics

Cat No: LWC1158

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 30th November 2018



In this recording, Bergen Barokk has compiled an assortment of Telemann’s works, with sonatas, character pieces and suites (partitas). Although only featuring three musicians, the recording consists of solos, pieces for a solo instrument, basso continuo as well as three-piece music.

Bergen Barokk has included two sonatas composed in perfect canon, a technique of which Telemann was a true master. In addition, you’ll hear a combination of instruments you would scarcely have heard played together before, namely the bassoon and bass recorder (‘flauto fagotto’).

The title “Telemann, the Chameleon” demonstrates Telemann’s mastery of all the styles of the era as well as his ability to mix styles in his own distinctive way. Like a chameleon he could changed his ‘colours’ but never relinquished his true self.

The musicians on this recording are Frode Thorsen (recorders), Hans Knut Sveen (harpsichord) and Adrian Rovatkay (bassoon). The former two founded Bergen Barokk in 1994 while Rovatkay has appeared on several of the ensemble’s recordings and is an internationally-recognised and expressive baroque bassoonist.

Bergen Barokk is now considered one of Norway’s leading early music ensembles having held concerts in the Nordic countries, Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia and the United States, as well as having had many of their concerts broadcast. Their CDs are released on LAWO Classics, BIS, Toccata Classics, Simax Classics and Bergen Digital, with a repertoire ranging through German, English, Nordic, French and Italian Baroque.

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