Colin Clarke

Telemann Complete Trio Sonatas with Recorder and Viol

8:00, 14th December 2017

Da Camera: Emma Murphy (alto rec); Susanna Pell (treble viol, bass viol); Steven Devine (harpsichord)
Chandos CHAN 0817 – CD

Performed at A=413Hz, this is a fascinating survey of Telemann’s recorder and viol sonatas, utilising treble viol for the trios from the Darmstadt manuscript of the 1720s; those taken from Essercizii Musici (Hamburg, 1739/40) are performed with bass viol, these latter products of the German ‘mixed style’.

Da Camera clearly believes fervently in this music. The players can take slow movements daringly slowly, but they sustain the line in such a way that the result is entirely convincing. The faster movements are performed with exactitude and terrific style and just the joie de vivre Telemann requires.

Augmenting these joyful pieces are two gallant and exploratory solo keyboard Fantasies, played with skill and aplomb by Stephen Devine. A brilliant, life-enhancing disc.

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