TELEMANN: SIX CONCERTOS FOR TWO FLUTES
These beautiful but rarely-performed Telemann concertos are among the earliest concertos ever written for transverse flute. Telemann composed them during the years 1718-20 when he was living in Frankfurt, Germany. (Vivaldi’s famous Opus 10 flute concertos weren’t published until a decade later in c.1729.) Telemann’s concertos were likely composed as a set of six, each being in a different key: A major, D major, G major, E minor, A minor, B minor. As stated by the program note annotator, Stephen Zohn, these concertos are stylistically eclectic, having been written in the so-called mixed taste with a blending of French, Italian and Polish musical styles.
The other notable period-instrument musicians on the recording are the bassoonist Thomas Sefcovic, the violinists Robert Mealy and Claire Jolivet, the violist Monica Gerard, the cellist Arthur Fiacco, the bassist Melanie Punter and the harpsichordist Kent Tritle.
"...these are delightful works. This is another fantastic performance. Every phrase and every note comes alive with grace, elegance, and precision. Once again, I cannot stop listening. Another must buy from stellar, dedicated performers."
"John Solum and Richard Wyton, the excellent flute soloists, are ably supported by [The Hanoverian Ensemble]. The period instruments...lend a certain enchantment to the music. The verve and brilliance of Telemann's music is superbly captured in these recordings"
American Record Guide - January/February 2006