Schubert sonatas

Newest Releases

Piano solo and duet
  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett

Some items
to consider

Free classical music concerts by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.


Moravec - Twelfth Night Recital
15%off £17.21 (until Dec 7)

Katerina Englichová - harp
15%0ff £10.83 (until Dec 7)

  • Today's leading<br>clarinet-piano duo
  • Stellar debut<br>piano recital
  • Clarinet transcriptions Jonathan Cohler
  • Jonathan Cohler & Claremont Trio
  • French clarinet masterpieces
  • Today's leading<br>clarinet-piano duo

Sibelius Symphonies Maazel
4CDs + Blu-ray audio
Special Price £36.75

RVW A Sea Symphony - Elder

Shostakovich Symphony 10 Nelsons

Verdi Requiem

Dvorak Opera Premiere

Grieg, Mendelssohn sonatas




Would you like a hyperlinked weekly summary of the CDs we have reviewed?

Click for further details

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
Classical Editor
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Stan Metzger
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on

Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Cameo Classics
Prima voce
Red Priest
Toccata Classics

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
Classical Editor
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Stan Metzger
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS
Download: Classicsonline

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767)
III Trietti metodichi e III Scherzi
Trietto 3 in d minor (TWV 42,d1) [09:22]
Scherzo 3 in D (TWV 42,D3) [06:08]
Quartet for 2 violins, 2 bassoons and bc in a minor (TWV 43,a1) [07:43]
Trietto 1 in G (TWV 42,G2) [08:21]
Scherzo 1 in A (TWV 42,A1) [08:06]
Quartet for transverse flute, violin, bassoon and bc in d minor (TWV 43,d3) [07:56]
Trietto 2 in D (TWV 42,D2) [07:59]
Scherzo 2 in E (TWV 42,E1) [07:34]
Parnassi musici (Takashi Ogawa (transverse flute); Margaret MacDuffie, Matthias Fischer (violin); Sergio Azzolini, Ai Ikeda (bassoon); Stephan Schrader (cello); Diego Cantalupi (archlute); Martin Lutz (harpsichord, organ))
rec. 25, 27, 28 February 2006, Hans-Rosbaud-Studio of Südwestrundfunk, Baden-Baden, Germany. DDD
CPO 777301-2 [63:21] 
Experience Classicsonline

Apparently Telemann's music enjoys a growing popularity among ensembles of baroque music; discs devoted to his music appear with great frequency. That is understandable: the more one listens to his music the more one is surprised by the versatility of his oeuvre and his inexhaustible imagination. His output is huge but he never seems to repeat himself. The six trios which are the core of this disc are impressive testimony to that.

The very title of this collection, 'III Trietti metodiche e III Scherzi', printed in 1731, is remarkable. 'Trietti' is the diminutive of 'trio', so Telemann presents them as 'little trios'. It isn't just the 'trietti' which are written in the form of trio sonatas, it's the 'Scherzi' as well. And this title has to be taken literally: Telemann liked musical jokes, and these 'Scherzi' are examples of that. The word 'metodiche' also needs explanation. The word 'Methode' (method) was often used for material meant to instruct players or composers. In this case it was the art of ornamentation which was the subject of the 'trietti metodichi', just like the 'Sonate metodiche' which Telemann had published some years earlier. To that end he added ornamented versions of the slow movements. 

This aspect shows that these sonatas were first and foremost written for the growing market of amateur musicians, who longed for not too difficult, but still first-rate music. The scoring reflects this: although these sonatas were conceived for two violins and bc, the upper parts could also be played on two transverse flutes. The flute was quickly becoming the most fashionable instrument, in particular among amateurs. In his liner-notes Karl Böhmer underlines the importance of a performance with two instruments of the same kind. "In many movements, Telemann is so demonstratively striving for tonal melding - through stretto and parallel thirds and sixths - that any tonal dissimilitude between the voices would be to the detriment of the music". Therefore all trios are played here with two violins. 

The transverse flute is played here in the two quartets. The Quartet in a minor is one of the so-called 'Paris Quartets' and performed on this disc with two transverse flutes and two bassoons with additional basso continuo. The Quartet in d minor has been attributed to Handel - called 'Concerto a quattro', but in another source it is attributed to Telemann. Up until now it has not been possible to identify the composer. Karl Böhmer suggests it could have been a 'co-production' by the two as they were good friends and exchanged musical ideas. 

The trios show great variety in styles and musical ideas. The first movement of the Trietto 1, for instance, is a fugue, whereas the last movement is much more light-hearted. The Trietto 2 is a kind of tribute to Corelli, and that is very suitable as Corelli was the father of the trio sonata. Telemann even wrote a series of 'Sonates Corellisantes' in his honour. The American ensemble Rebel has recorded a splendid disc with some of these sonatas and sonatas by Corelli himself on Dorian Records. The Trietto 3 begins with a movement in which the theme has been given a chromatic counterpoint and which contains a number of strongly contrasting rhythms. The Scherzo 1 is written in the style of Polish folk music, as Telemann did in several 'Concertos polonois'. The second movement is a polonaise. A musical joke is the first movement of the Scherzo 2: the principal theme modulates a number of times before returning to the original key. It is certainly something none of his customers would have expected. 

The ensemble Parnassi musici makes the most of this repertoire. They play with zest and imagination. The many twists and turns in these sonatas are fully explored. Whether they made any use of the examples of ornamentation Telemann has given in his publication isn't indicated. They don't need them, but it would certainly be interesting to hear the kind of ornamentation Telemann proposed. The quartets are also well played, in a somewhat different scoring than usual. In the Quartet in d minor the cello part is played on the bassoon, which is a legitimate choice, but it seems to me the balance between the instruments is suffers somewhat as a result. In particular in the last movement the transverse flute is sometimes overshadowed somewhat by violin and bassoon. 

Not only does this disc once again show how good a composer Telemann was, it is presents music that is just very enjoyable and entertaining. Recording and booklet give no reason for complaint, so nothing should deter you from purchasing this disc.

Johan van Veen



Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Pat and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Return to Review Index

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.