Notes & Reviews:
A broad selection of 33 Overtures (Orchestral Suites) by Georg Philipp Telemann is here collected in one generous 8-CD set. Telemann, one of the most prolific and gifted composers of the 18th century, wrote many charming, graceful suites in the fashion of his time - comprised of a three-part French overture followed by shorter dance movements, chaconnes, character pieces, and more. The historically-informed performance of Collegium Instrumentale Brugense under Patrick Piere shows that these bright, varied works truly rival the suites of Handel and Bach.
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Alessandro Stradella: Ester, oratorio / Silvia Piccollo, Elisz Franzetti, Vicky Norrington, Riccardo Ristori, Matteo Armanino
Antonio Vivaldi: Oboe Sonatas / Paolo Pollastri, oboe; Ensemble J.M. Anciuti
Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overtures and Concerto in D & Sonatas for Oboes and Bassoon / Glaetzner; Goritzki, Klepel, Schornscheim
Francesco Mancini: 12 Recorder Concertos / Corina Marti, recorder; Capella Tiberina
Robert di Visée (1655-1733): La Musique de la Chambre du Roy, Vol. 2 / Staropoli, recorders; Marchese, theorbo; Ippolito, gamba; Tomadin, harpsichord
In festo angelorum - A journey through Spanish, Portuguese & Italian Baroque sacred music / Monica Piccinini, soprano; Manuel Vilas, Spanish baroque harp
Robert Schumann: Complete Secular Choral Works / Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Antonio Cartellieri: Complete Symphonies (4) / Gernot Schmalfuss, Evergreen SO
J.S. Bach: Complete Harpsichord Concertos / Burkhard Glaetzner, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum / Christine Schornsheim, Pieter-Jan Belder, et. al., harpsichord