Featured Selection: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields plays Telemann Recorder Works.
The MHS Review 398 VOL. 12, NO.2 • 1988
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Concerto in F Major for Recorder, Bassoon, Strings and Continuo Klaus Thunemann, Bassoon
Concerto in E Minor for Recorder, Flute, Strings and Continuo William Bennett, Flute
Suite in A Minor for Recorder, Strings and Continuo
Michala Petri, Recorder
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Iona Brown, Director
"When there is nothing new to be found in melody, then one must look for it in harmony," Georg Philipp Telemann wrote to a friend. The three works heard on this featured release prove that their composer found what he was looking for.
The Suite in A minor, in seven movements, is modeled on the suite form developed at Louis XIV's court. In the E minor Concerto, recorder and flute are paired for the first time in the concert literature of that era. In the F major Concerto, Telemann paired the alto recorder with a bassoon; the bassoon can be replaced by a cello or bass viola da gamba, demonstrating the flexibility characteristic of the period.