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 ★★★★


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