Telemann, CPE Bach, Kress

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COMPOSERS: CPE Bach,Kress,Telemann
LABELS: Signum
ALBUM TITLE: Telemann
WORKS: Flute Sonatas, TWV 43:G10 & 43:G12; Flute Concerto, TWV 43:C2
PERFORMER: Charivari Agréable
CATALOGUE NO: SIGCD 086
Charivari Agréable presents here

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an unusual programme in which

Telemann’s music is interspersed

by that of two of his godsons. Far

and away the more famous of them

is Bach’s second musically talented

son, Carl Philipp Emanuel, who

followed in his godfather’s footsteps

as Hamburg’s Director musices.

The other, Georg Philipp Kress,

is now but the faintest of shadows

and indeed may never have been

otherwise. Charivari Agréable convey

the fragile, never more than skindeep

charm of his Flute Trios with

lightly applied articulation and an

appropriate esprit de salon. These

virtues, along with a marked elegance

of phrasing, are features which define

the performing style of this ensemble.

There is a pleasing energy in this

playing which is also supple, fluent

and idiomatic. The fast movements

of Telemann’s two fine G major

Quartets for flute, two viole di gamba

and harpsichord, more effective

in this scoring than in Telemann’s

alternative suggestion for flute and

two violins, offer persuasive examples

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of what I mean. Nicholas Anderson