Telemann's Garden / Elephant House Quartet

Release Date: 10/11/2019
Label: Pentatone
Catalog Number: PTC5186749
Number of Discs: 0

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$15.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Elephant House Quartet invites the listener for a stroll through the colourful oeuvre of Telemann — himself a gardening enthusiast — presenting a bouquet of chamber-musical jewels. Telemann’s Garden ranges from excerpts of solo fantasias for violin, flute and harpsichord to a sonata for viola da gamba and basso continuo, a trio sonata for violin, recorder and basso continuo, a suite for violin, flute and basso continuo, as well as one of the quartets Telemann wrote during his Paris sojourns. These pieces together constitute a fascinating portrait of one of the most prolific and successful composers of the Baroque era. Elephant House Quartet is a Baroque ensemble featuring virtuosos on each instrument in wonderful interaction, consisting of recorder player Bolette Roed, violinist Aureliusz Golinski, gambist Reiko Ichise and harpsichordist Allan Rasmussen. Telemann’s Garden marks their PENTATONE debut.

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REVIEW:

The Elephant House Quartet use period instruments or modern copies. One cannot fault the quality of the playing. It is exquisite, executed with style and eloquent lyricism. I love the way the passages are shaped with exemplary skill and control. One senses a close connection between the four players, who demonstrate a firm grip on the formal and artistic structure of the works with a sense of total engagement. Calm and meditative in the slow movements, buoyant in the faster movements – these are performances to cherish, with striking unity and intonation of the instruments that make a gorgeous sound. Allan Rasmussen’s harpsichord, a modern copy after Harrass (c. 1710), is one of the finest I have heard.

– MusicWeb International
Works on This Recording
1. Fantasia, for harpsichord No. 19 in A minor, TWV 33:19 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer: Allan Rasmussen (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1732-1733 ;
1. Concerts (6) & Suites (6) for Flute, Violin & Basso Continuo: Suite No. 5 in A Minor, TWV 42: a3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
2. Nouveaux quatuors en six suites "Paris Quartets": no 3 in G major, TV 43 no G 4 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Period: Baroque
2. Fantasias (12) for Violin solo: no 9 in B minor, TV 40 no 22/P 35 no 9: I. Siciliana by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer: Aureliusz Golinski (Violin)
3. Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 1 in A major, TV 40 no 2/P 25 no 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer: Bolette Roed (Recorder)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1733 ; Germany
4. Essercizii musici, P 47: no 10, Trio Sonata in A minor, TV 42 no a 4 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1740 ; Germany
5. Essercizii musici, P 47: no 17, Solo for Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo in E minor TV 41 no e 5 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer: Reiko Ichise (Viola da Gamba)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1740 ; Germany
6. Fantasias (12) for Flute solo: no 1 in A major, TV 40 no 2/P 25 no 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer: Bolette Roed (Recorder)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1733 ; Germany
7. Essercizii musici, P 47: no 17, Solo for Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo in E minor TV 41 no e 5 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer: Reiko Ichise (Viola da Gamba)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1740 ; Germany
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