G.P. Telemann: Six Sonatas, Frankfurt 1715 / Stephan Schardt, violin; Elisabeth Wand, cello; Sonja Kemnitzer, harpsichord

Notes & Reviews:

The violin was Georg Philip Telemann's preferred instrument. Contrary to all convention, he published a collection of six duo sonatas for violin with basso continuo as his Opus 1. The creative independence documented by this move drew on his profound knowledge of contemporary styles and of course is also reflected in his own works. Stephan Schardt now for the first time has recorded these sonatas by Telemann. Along with Elisabeth Wand and Sonja Kemnitzer, he surprises us with a brilliant display of virtuosity and fine expression.

The violin was Georg Philip Telemann's preferred instrument. Contrary to all convention, he published a collection of six duo sonatas for violin with basso continuo as his Opus 1. The creative independence documented by this move drew on his profound knowledge of contemporary styles and of course is also reflected in his own works.

Stephan Schardt has now for the first time recorded these sonatas by Telemann. Along with Elisabeth Wand and Sonja Kemnitzer, he demonstrates a brilliant display of virtuosity and fine expression.

Stephan Schardt is an outstanding violinist and a highly expressive musician with a superb knowledge of baroque performance style (and naturally of the relevant theoretical writings). He was the concertmaster of the Musica Antiqua Köln for many years and is a genuine windfall for this first recording.

Telemann's spirited first work is also shown in its proper audio light. How could anything else be expected - given the fact that this recording has been carefully produced on SACD in genuine 2+2+2 recording style? The music very naturally detaches itself from loudspeakers and creates you're- there listening space.



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