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Georg Philipp Telemann

Overtures for Wind Quintet

  • Ouverture 'La Chasse' TWV 55:F9
  • Ouverture 'La Fortune' TWV 55:F8
  • Ouverture TWV 55:F18
  • Ouverture 'La Joie' TWV 55:F5
  • Ouverture TWV 55:F15
Consortium Classicum
Dabringhaus & Grimm MDG3011109-2 57m DDD
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These overtures have been arranged for small wind ensemble by the Consortium Classicum and the whole project makes for some pretty entertaining listening throughout.

Telemann's music is significantly suited to the sounds of wind instruments and the music comes across as very atmospheric and beautifully imaginative on all counts. The famous 'La Chasse' has all the traits of a hunting scene whilst 'la Joie' is suitably pompous and celebratory in its music. I also enjoyed the rarely heard, 'La Fortune' and the two overtures, which have no title are also splendidly done.

MD&G's recording is crystal clear with particular emphasis on the double bass line that brings a certain relaxed atmosphere to proceedings. Consortium Classicum need no introduction as an ensemble of the top-drawer and the whole project is definitely a commendable one.

Copyright © 2002, Gerald Fenech