The Saxon Alternative: Telemann – Music for Wind Band – Syrinx (2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

The Saxon Alternative: Telemann – Music for Wind Band – Syrinx (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:47 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Resonus Classics
Recorded: St Mary’s Church, Stoke by Nayland on 16-17 February & 28-29 April 2014

Making their Resonus Classics debut is period wind ensemble Syrinx with a programme of works by Georg Philipp Telemann.

Revealing a fascinating blend of styles, Telemann’s wind music is an eclectic mix of perfectly balanced Baroque dances, full-blown orchestral overtures and character pieces exemplified by the rustic miniature of Les Paysans and the gentle slumber of muted double-reeds in Le Someil.

‘Telemann’s voracious appetite for dance music of all styles, and the Syrinx ensemble’s perky playing, ensure endless pleasure in rarely heard pieces.’ –The Sunday Times

‘Syrinx’s playing is wonderfully alert to the polish, colour and personality of these pieces. This was essentially entertainment music, and Syrinx shows what a sophisticated entertainer Telemann was.’ –Daily Telegraph
‘It will surprise no-one that Telemann manages to delight the ear with what might seem like limited resources. The blend of double reeds and horns (especially oboes d’amore and horns!) is gorgeous, especially when recorded in such a generous but not over-resonant acoustic. The individual movements of the suites take on a character of their own, with the composer’s mischievous sense of humour never far from the surface (just listen to La Grimace and I defy you not to smile…)’ –Early Music Review

‘Syrinx, a UK-based ensemble making their recording debut, offer clean, well-judged and […] attractive performances of the 30 short movements that make up these five pieces […] nice to be introduced to this elegant wind music’ –Gramophone


Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Overture in F major, TWV44-7
1. I. Overture 04:33
2. II. Rondeau 02:56
3. III. Sarabande 02:13
4. IV. Menuet 01:05
5. V. Bourée 01:17

Overture in C minor, TWV55-c3
6. I. Ouverture 04:01
7. II. Prelude 01:42

8. III. Aria I, Presto 00:59
9. IV. Aria II, Vivace 00:57
10. V. Aria III, Vivace 01:32
11. VI. Aria IV, Allegro 00:56
12. VII. Aria V, Allegro 01:24
13. VIII. Aria VI, Presto 01:19

Concerto a5 in D major, TWV44-2
14. I. Andante 01:11
15. II. Allegro 01:42
16. III. Siciliano 02:25
17. IV. Presto 02:35

Overture in B flat major, TWV55-B3
18. I. Overture 04:15
19. II. La Discretion 01:45
20. III. Menuets I – II 02:06
21. IV. Courante 01:37
22. V. La Grimace 01:24
23. VI. La Doute 01:36
24. VII. Le Someile 03:28
25. VIII. Mercure 00:52

Overture in F major, TWV44-14 Les Paysans
26. I. Overture 02:53
27. II. Loure 02:30
28. III. Les Paysans 01:52
29. IV. Menuet 00:58
30. V. Passepied 02:01
31. VI. Gigue 01:59

Belinda Paul, baroque oboe & oboe d’amore
Ann Allen, baroque, oboe & oboe d’amore
Hanna Geisel, taille
Anneke Scott, natural horn
Kate Goldsmith, natural horn
Sally Holman, baroque bassoon
Inga Maria Klaucke, baroque bassoon
Dan Tidhar, harpsichord