Paris Quartets (2004)

Telemann

Florilegium

Telemann Paris Quartets In Telemanns correspondence in 1717 with the great German composer, theorist and music journalist Mattheson, he admits that he is "a great amateur of French music". Yet the reality was that like any self-respecting German composer of his time, Georg Phillip Telemann was thoroughly conversant with the stylistic conventions of other European countries and, notably, those of the great rivals from Italy and France.

By the early 1720s Telemann had already displayed a thorough working knowledge of the Italian style of composition in his numerous sonatas and concerti, a style that was to be heard all over Europe. However, until this time the French had managed to maintain certain characteristics of their music; namely the overture and suite together with its wide array of dances. Unlike the Italians who preferred overt displays of virtuosity in chamber music, the French developed the original form of the Sonate en Quatuor with its four closely-knit parts. These were quartets in the real sense of the word, in contrast to the trio sonatas Telemann had been writing until then for the same combination of instruments.

Telemann had demonstrated his exceptional grasp of this form when he published his first set of Paris Quartets in Hamburg in 1730. These were reprinted by Le Clerc in Paris in 1736, and while they were inspired by the French style, the structure of the compositions are more Italian; two concerti, two balletti and two sonatas. Perhaps it was because of the Parisian success of these Quartets that Telemann decided to make a visit to Paris in 1737. He stayed for eight months and whilst there heard a number of his works performed at the public concerts of the Concert Spirituel and met some of the most famous musicians of the day. He heard his first set of quartets performed by the flautist Blavet, violinist Guignon, gambist Forqueray (the Younger) and cellist Edouard. These works became extremely popular and were performed with such extraordinary success in Paris that Telemann was inspired to write a further six Nouveaux Quatuors in 1738. 

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Florilegium

Regular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire.

Concert venues include Sydney Opera House, Esplanade (Singapore), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam),Konzerthaus (Vienna), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Handel-Haus (Halle) and Frick Collection (New York). The numerous residencies Florilegium have held over the years include being the first period instrument Ensemble-in-Residence at London’s Wigmore Hall. This Residency was for three seasons and involved the group performing several series of concerts each year and becoming actively involved in the Hall’s education work. Since September 2008 they have been Ensemble in Association at the Royal College of Music in London, where they are responsible for coaching 18th century baroque chamber music. Their over twenty recordings for Channel Classics have been awarded many prizes including a Gramophone Award nomination, Editor’s Choice from Gramophone, Diapasons d’Or and Chocs de la Musique. Florilegium’s cd of Telemann’s Paris Quartets Vol 2 received the Classical Internet Award from Classicstoday.com. The Bach Cantatas disc with Johannette Zomer was awarded a 2008 Edison Award, Dutch music’s most prestigious prize. The second volume of Baroque Music from Bolivian Missions was nominated for a 2008 bbc Music Magazine award, and bbc Music Magazine selected volume 3 as Disc of the Month for April 2010. A disc of music by Pergolesi was released in May 2010 and was bbc Music Magazine’s cd choice in the vocal category in July 2010. Future recordings include Florilegium’s arrangements of Bach’s Organ Trio Sonatas, and a recording of Couperin’s Les Nations.

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Paris Quartets (2004)

Telemann

Florilegium

    Luister

Het Britse ensemble brengt hier wederom een voortreffelijke vertolking. Het is technisch hoogstaand spel, gecombineerd met aandacht voor elk detail, een grote dosis flair en een schitterende homogeniteit en transparantie. Hier wordt duidelijk niet alleen met het hoofd gemusiceerd, maar ook met het hart.

    American Record Guide

I felt as if I were in the midst of the instruments. (...)

    Audiophile Audition

outstanding period instrument ensemble ... Hearing these delightful works in multichannel surround can only bring the listener closer to the music

    BBC Music Magazine

Florilegium plays with spirit and charm, responding intuitively to Telemanns pellucid textures and affective inflections. .... hope we do not have to wait another five years for. vol. 3

    International Record Review

Another splendid disc from Florilegium recorded with spectacular fidelity and imagination. Ashley Solomons playing on a modern copy of a 1720 flute is delightful, but then so is the ease and charm of all the playing here. Interpretation of a very high calibre... theyre given elegant, beautifully weighted, stylish performances .... Nothing is ever too frantic, the faster dances are given with the lighter of gaits, and always theres an intimacy of interreaction .... Ashley Solomons flute-playing is outstanding, showing immense variety of colour and dynamic, as is clear in the delectable climax to the Prelude of the third Quator Another excellent reading, and a fine recording throughout

    The Observer

This cd will cumulatively constitute a unique contribution to the genre

    CLASSICS TODAY -

I don't think I've ever heard a more beautiful disc of Baroque chamber music than this one. The sonics perfectly complement the interpretation. A warm acoustic space, with microphones placed an ideal distance from the players, allows the musicians--not the engineer--to create the necessary atmosphere and blend, with no compromise in clarity or presence. In SACD multichannel format, the acoustic space has additional tactility and the ensemble achieves an almost physical presence in your listening room. Even if you don't ordinarily care for Telemann or Baroque chamber music, you may well find yourself won over by the manifold excellence of this production on both musical and technical grounds. It doesn't get any better.

Paris Quartets (2004)

Telemann

Florilegium

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Recording location:St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay, UK 2004
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Quatuor No. 1 In D Major - Prelude_ Vivement
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Quatuor No. 1 In D Major - Tendrement
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Quatuor No. 1 In D Major - Vite
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Quatuor No. 1 In D Major - Gaiement
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Quatuor No. 1 In D Major - Moderement
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Quatuor No. 1 In D Major - Vite
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Quatuor No. 2 In A Minor - Allegrement
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Quatuor No. 2 In A Minor - Flatteusement
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Quatuor No. 2 In A Minor - Legerement
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Quatuor No. 2 In A Minor - Un Peu Vivement
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Quatuor No. 2 In A Minor - Vite
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Quatuor No. 2 In A Minor - Coulant
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Quatuor No. 3 In G Major - Prelude
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Quatuor No. 3 In G Major - Legerement
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Quatuor No. 3 In G Major - Gracieusement
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Quatuor No. 3 In G Major - Vite
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Quatuor No. 3 In G Major - Modere
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Quatuor No. 3 In G Major - Gai
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Quatuor No. 3 In G Major - Lentement
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Concerto Primo In G Major - Grave-Allegro-Grave-Allegro
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Concerto Primo In G Major - Largo-Presto-Largo
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Concerto Primo In G Major - Allegro
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