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Telemann: Flute Concertos
     

Telemann: Flute Concertos

by Emmanuel Pahud
 
This charming Telemann collection is titled Flute Concertos, which is correct but misleading, for only two of the five works here are for solo flute. No matter. Emmanuel Pahud is a first-rank flutist who shines no matter what he's playing, and he doesn't disappoint here. The Concerto in G (TWV 51:G2) has never been recorded

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This charming Telemann collection is titled Flute Concertos, which is correct but misleading, for only two of the five works here are for solo flute. No matter. Emmanuel Pahud is a first-rank flutist who shines no matter what he's playing, and he doesn't disappoint here. The Concerto in G (TWV 51:G2) has never been recorded before, as the parts were damaged and required reconstruction by a pair of musicologists. It was worth the effort. The first movement opens like the famous slow movement of the F Minor Clavier Concerto, yet it continues on its own melodic path. The Concerto in A Minor for two flutes and violone (an ancestor of the stringed double bass) is also a first recording, though it's not clear why this piece has been so neglected; the combination of the warbling flutes and the deep sound of the violone is delicious, and the music is written in the elegant French manner that the composer loved so well. It's yet another important discovery for Telemann aficionados. The other works are equally engaging: the well-known Concerto in A for flute, violin, and cello from the collection of Musique de Table; the solo concerto in D (TWV 51:D2), with its folklike melody; and the Concerto in E for flute, oboe d'amore, and viola d'amore, a particularly rich-sounding combination that inspired a beautiful opening Andante that blossoms as radiantly as a sunrise. Pahud's sweet, pure tone is a delight, as always, and the playing of the Berlin Baroque Solists (drawn primarily from the Berlin Philharmonic) is warm and stylish. Delightful!

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Although there are many things to recommend from this Telemann Flute Concertos -- the sweet, smooth tone of flutist Emmanuel Pahud; the elegant accompaniment of the Berliner Barock Solisten; EMI's intimate sound -- the two best things about this disc are that it has two Telemann flute concertos that have never been recorded before and that it does not have the most-frequently recorded of all Telemann flute works on it. Because of the deterioration of the manuscript, the work that starts the disc had never been recorded before. But educated guess works by scholars revealed a work that is not only as lovely as any Telemann flute concerto, but a work whose opening bears an uncanny resemblance to the serene central movement of Bach's "Harpsichord Concerto in F minor." And the third work on the disc is similarly a premiere recording of a hitherto unknown work that, while not perhaps as pretty as the first work, is still a welcome addition to the Telemann flute concerto discography. Thankfully, the disc does not include Telemann's "Flute Concerto in A minor," a wonderful work but one that has appeared on nearly every disc of Telemann's flute concertos since the invention of recordings. This is well worth it for lovers of Telemann's flute music.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/07/2003
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724355739728
catalogNumber:
57397

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  1. Concerto for oboe (or flute), strings & continuo in G major, TWV 51:G2  - Georg Philipp Telemann  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Berliner Barock Solisten
  2. Concerto for flute, violin, cello, strings & continuo in A major (Tafelmusik I/3), TWV 53:A2  - Georg Philipp Telemann  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Berliner Barock Solisten
  3. Concerto for 2 flutes, "bass" (bassoon?), strings & continuo in A minor, TWV 53:a1  - Georg Philipp Telemann  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Berliner Barock Solisten
  4. Concerto for flute, oboe d'amore, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in E major, TWV 53:E1  - Georg Philipp Telemann  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Berliner Barock Solisten
  5. Concerto for flute, strings & continuo in D major, TWV 51:D2  - Georg Philipp Telemann  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Berliner Barock Solisten

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