Complete Concertos & Trio Sonatas
- (TELEMANN / CONTADIN,CRISTIANO)
- Format: CD
- Features: 5PC
This release honors Telemann's achievement, recording as it does the wide range of typically 18th-century musical genres that Telemann composited for the instrument: solo sonatas with and without basso continuo, duo sonatas, works for three and four solo instruments and basso continuo, and orchestral concertos. Brought to life by the deft and character-ful playing of Cristiano Contadin - one of today's leading viola da gambists, whose recording collaborations have earned him such prestigious awards as the Choc du Monde de la Musique and Diapason d'Or - Telemann's compositions reveal the instrument's vast melodic and contrapuntal range, drawing out it's virtuoso potential along with it's warm, inviting timbre (particularly in the concertos, where, in contrasting the full sound of the tutti passages with the gentle voice of the solo instrument, the composer effectively turns the relatively limited sound volume of the instrument into a positive feature). Contadin is joined by the specialist early music ensemble Opera Prima, among it's members and soloists the acclaimed Baroque performers Roberto Loreggian and Federico Guglielmo, on this gem of a release which successfully promotes what surely deserves, in this day and age, to be a better-known facet of the great Baroque composer's vast and highly cosmopolitan output. This set contains the complete works by Telemann in which the Viola da Gamba (or viol) has a prominent and solo role. The Viola Da Gamba may be described as the predecessor of the modern Violoncello, and in it's time it was a popular instrument much in use in instrumental music and as part of the Basso Continuo. It's slightly more modest volume compared with the cello is more than compensated by it's specific timbre, with it's vocal and sometimes melancholic qualities. Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers of all time, wrote a fair number of works in which the Viola Da Gamba features as a soloist: this 5CD set presents all these works, Trio Sonatas and Concertos, sometimes as the only soloist, sometimes in formation with other solo instruments. As always Telemann's music astounds by it's originality, freshness and instrumental brilliance. Excellent performances by leading Italian instrumentalists, well versed in the art of Authentic Performance Practice: Cristiano Contadin, Federico Guglielmo, Roberto Loreggian and many others.