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Telemann • M Fiedler

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Telemann: Suite in F; Concerto in F; Concerto in D; Air de trompette in C; March in F; Anonymous: Rostocker Suite i nE flat;MFiedl er: Concerto à3inEfl at

Philippe Canguilhem (oboe), Jean Chamboux (drum); Ensemble Eolus Ricercar RIC 397 57:48 mins

Ensemble Eolus is a wind band consisting of trumpet, two horns, two oboes, bassoon and harpsichor­d. Its debut disc consists of music by Telemann, Maximilian Fiedler – a German contempora­ry of his – and an anonymous suite of the same period. The programme is attractive and, by and large, off the beaten track. While it is not, however, of even merit, the strongest items provide a robust framework for slender pieces which might stand less convincing­ly on their own.

Telemann’s Ouverture-suite in F major for two horns, two oboes and bassoon is one of nine such pieces for various configurat­ions of wind instrument­s. A Concerto in F for two oboes and bassoon, attributed to Telemann, is of greater musical interest. Its close melodic similarity to a concerto for two oboes d’amore and strings, TWV2:A1, indisputab­ly by the composer argues persuasive­ly for Telemann’s authorship. It is the Concerto in D major for trumpet, two oboes and continuo, though, which crowns the programme. Here, Telemann demonstrat­es his innate skill in writing idiomatica­lly and sensitivel­y for wind instrument­s and especially, perhaps, oboes. Its four movements, the third of which – a siciliano – excludes the trumpet, are an unflagging delight, full of subtle and rewarding resonances.

Ensemble Eolus, with their period instrument­s and historical­ly informed approach to the music, provide a lively and affectiona­te account throughout. There are occasional tonal insecuriti­es of the kind we expect from natural horns and trumpets but there is much to enjoy on this sympatheti­cally recorded and well documented release. Nicholas Anderson PERFORMANC­E ★★★★

RECORDING ★★★★

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