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Telemann: Paris Quartets Vol 2 / Florilegium

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  1. Telemann — Quatuor No. 1 In D Major: I. Prélude Vivement $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Telemann — Quatuor No. 1 In D Major: II. Tendrement $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Telemann — Quatuor No. 1 In D Major: III. Vite $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Telemann — Quatuor No. 1 In D Major: IV. Gaiement $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Telemann — Quatuor No. 1 In D Major: V. Modérement $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Telemann — Quatuor No. 1 In D Major: VI. Vite $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Telemann — Quatuor No. 2 in A Minor: I. Allègrement $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Telemann — Quatuor No. 2 in A Minor: II. -Flatteusement $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Telemann — Quatuor No. 2 in A Minor: III. Légèrement $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Telemann — Quatuor No. 2 in A Minor: IV. un Peu Vivement $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Telemann — Quatuor No. 2 in A Minor: V. Vite $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Telemann — Quatuor No. 2 in A Minor: VI. Coulant $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Telemann — Quatuor No. 3 In G Major: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Telemann — Quatuor No. 3 In G Major: II. Légèrement $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Telemann — Quatuor No. 3 In G Major: III. Gracieusement $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Telemann — Quatuor No. 3 In G Major: IV. Vite $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Telemann — Quatuor No. 3 In G Major: V. Modéré $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Telemann — Quatuor No. 3 In G Major: VI. Gai $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Telemann — Quatuor No. 3 In G Major: VII. Lentment $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Telemann — Concerto Primo In G Major: I. Grave Allegro Grave Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Telemann — Concerto Primo In G Major: II. Largo Presto Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Telemann — Concerto Primo In G Major: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo no 1 in D major (Paris Quartet no
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo no 2 in A minor (Paris Quartet no
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo no 4 in G major (Paris Quartets no
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Concerto for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo in G major no 1 (Paris Quartets No
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Printed in Paris by Le Clerc without Telemann's permission in 1736 but composed in Hamburg in 1730, the first six of these quartets called 'Quadri' were such a success that the composer himself was able to have printed - through a 'Privilege du Roi' - another six, the Nouveauxquatours en suites, in 1738. That set, too, had originated in the German city but also went down a treat with the Parisians.

Both groups are written for flute, violin, viola da gamba (with an alternative part for cello) and basso continuo, and comprise the composer's total output for this set of instruments. But confusingly, he divided 'Quadri' into pairs titled concertos, sonatas and suites; and in Concerto Primo, Florilegium use the cello while sticking with the gamba for the remaining pieces.

As before, James Johnstone is the right sort of continuo player, an inventive and expressive presence, not an intrusion. His colleagues are of a similar persuasion and their responses to both the robustness and delicacy of the music is exemplified in the first movement ('Allègrement') of the A minor quartet and second movement ('Légèrement') of the G major quartet. These interpretations are of very high calibre.

The image is on the close side and the lines are a little crowded; a reduction in volume helps separate them and convey more clearly the nuances in the playing.



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>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo no 1 in D major (Paris Quartet no
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1737

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo no 2 in A minor (Paris Quartet no
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1736-1737

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo no 4 in G major (Paris Quartets no
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1737

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Concerto for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo in G major no 1 (Paris Quartets No
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730