Aureole etc.

Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line

Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider


paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas
All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Clarissa Bevilacqua plays
Augusta Read Thomas

all Nimbus reviews

Brahms Dvorak
Brahms 2 Dvorak 7
all tudor reviews



Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


Discs for review may be sent to:
Jonathan Woolf
76 Lushes Road
Essex IG10 3QB
United Kingdom


alternatively Crotchet   AmazonUK   AmazonUS


Georg Philip TELEMANN (1681-1767)
Wind Concertos - Volume 1
Concerto for two horns and strings, TWV 52:D2 [8:01]
Concerto for recorder, transverse flute and strings, TWV 52:e1 [13:47]
Concerto for oboe and strings, TWV 51:d1 [8:03]
Concerto for recorder and two violins, TWV 43:g3 [12:53]
Concerto for transverse flute and strings, TWV 51:E1 [12:17]
La Stagione Frankfurt; Camerata Köln/Michael Schneider
rec. 2005-2006, Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Germany. DDD
CPO 777032-2 [55:24]
Experience Classicsonline

This is a very pleasing CD and only the first volume of a complete edition of Telemann's wind concertos. The music is lively, varied, interesting, striking; and it’s played by La Stagione Frankfurt and Camerata Köln under Michael Schneider with a full awareness of and enthusiasm for those characteristics.
Telemann is one of those composers who surprises: when you think you have his measure, you listen to music like that on this disc; and it forcefully shows fresh invention, different ideas and untried approaches.
Although he cut his musical teeth on keyboard, strings and recorder, Telemann held it a point of honour not only thoroughly to familiarise himself with the broadest spectrum of instruments that was then in common - and not so common - use; but also to write distinctive and convincing music for them. Here we have concertos for horn, oboe, transverse flute and recorder.
What’s striking, though, about this strand of the composer’s work is the degree to which Telemann understood the acoustic characteristics of each of these instruments so well. He was able not only to exploit these, but also to say something new - yet not falsely novel - in terms of repertoire and compositional integrity. These musicians bring this out. They do not treat Telemann’s wind concertos as curios, or ‘test pieces’. He worked on these concertos from his time as Konzertmeister at Eisenach from 1708 through to the mid-1730s when he was Kantor in Hamburg - but published only a few isolated examples after his Tafelmusik of 1733.
Dating his over a hundred concertos is difficult. The horn double concerto (TWV 52:D2) and the oboe one (TWV 51:d1) are likely to have been composed between 1708 and 1714 - so are early. They contain more shorter, contrasting, elements reflecting the canzona style with much interplay between solo instruments and ripieno strings.
Both the recorder and transverse flute double concerto (TWV 52:e1) and the E major one for transverse flute (TWV 51:E1) are likely to have been written in Telemann’s late Frankfurt years. They are more expansive and build on an expanded cyclical structure. The concerto for recorder and two violins (TWV 43:g3), however, is closer in form to the typical eighteenth century sonata – and also recalls the Suite form. This blurred distinction was especially appealing to Telemann, as can be seen by the thematic and textural exuberance to which the performers here live up so well.
These five concertos sit well together on the same CD: the variety is refreshing and stimulating and makes for very satisfying listening from first note to last. Within each work, there is contrast as well. They have, for example, a four (or five) movement structure – usually slow-fast-slow-fast. This offers opportunities to expose the cantabile characteristics of the instruments first, as opposed to the virtuosic.
It would be hard to fault any of the playing … enthusiastic, lively, respectful of Telemann’s interest in the match between sound and idea. And with full attention paid to dynamics and expression. The strings in each case seem as earnest as the soloists are to jump in and make a splash. Yet not in a flashy or ephemeral way. This is accomplished, reflective and mature playing and makes the CD one to buy without hesitation.
The recording is first class; clear and sparkling. The booklet, while a little rough around the translation edges, is informative. So this CPO series looks like an admirable enterprise and one which promises to bring us much original and pleasing music, well played and presented. Definitely one to consider carefully if you wish to examine the strengths of Telemann – and his surprises.
Mark Sealey

see also review by Kevin Sutton


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All APR reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Recordings of the Month

November 2022
Bach Orchestral Suites

del Cinque
Del Cinque Cello sonatas

Fujita Mozart
Mao Fujita Mozart

Stanczyk Acousmatic Music


October 2022

Berg Violin Concerto
Violin Concerto Elmes

DEbussy Jeux
Debussy Jeux

Romantic pioano masters
Romantic Piano Masters

The future is female - Vol 2
Volume 2 - The Dance

impromptu harp music
Complete Harp Impromptus




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.