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Telemann: Paris Quartets Vol 3 / Florilegium

Album Summary

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gambe (or cello) & continuo no 4 in B minor (Paris Quartets no
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo no 5 in A major (Paris Quartets no
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Quartet for flute, violin, viole da gamba (or cello) & continuo no 6 in E minor (Paris Quartets no
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Suite (Quartet), for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo no 2 in B minor (Paris Qua
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Notes & Reviews:

Regular performances in some of the world's most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium's status as one of Britain's most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Telemann's 'Paris Quartets' are a fine example of the composers' contributions to the instrumental music in the Baroque era. The chatty exchanges between each solo instrument are full of elegant gestures, fancy footwork and a demanding, yet natural-sounding virtuosity.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Florilegium here complete their cycle of Telemann's 'Paris' Quartets - actually a set of six quartet sonatas composed in Hamburg in 1730 but popular in France after their publication there, and a second set of six with which the canny Telemann followed them up while in Paris in 1738. This release contains three works from the second set and one from the first.

The quartets have become among the most popular pieces in the Baroque chamber repertoire, so there is no need to rehearse their qualities here, save to reiterate that their beguiling, convivial style is about as comfortably civilised as it gets.

Florilegium's performances mix technical and musical finesse in equal measure and observe every expressive and rhetorical nuance with a delicious light touch. Theirs is not the chiselled precision and up-front high energy of some modern day Baroque chamber groups, but their playing is unfailingly alive and the details of their elegant conversation are well captured in a recorded balance in which no instrument is allowed undue dominance. The chaconne which ends the sixth quartet, TWV43:e4, is exquisitely drawn out, there are some charming drone effects here and there, and overall it is difficult to know what else to add - only, perhaps, that in their mutual refinement and good taste, Florilegium and Telemann could have been made for each other.



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Works Details

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gambe (or cello) & continuo no 4 in B minor (Paris Quartets no
  • Performers: Reiko Ichise (Cello); Reiko Ichise (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1737

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo no 5 in A major (Paris Quartets no
  • Performers: Reiko Ichise (Cello); Reiko Ichise (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1737

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Quartet for flute, violin, viole da gamba (or cello) & continuo no 6 in E minor (Paris Quartets no
  • Performers: Reiko Ichise (Bass Viola da gamba); Reiko Ichise (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1737

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Suite (Quartet), for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo no 2 in B minor (Paris Qua
  • Performer: Jennifer Morsches (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730