Telemann: Darmstadt Overtures

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LABELS: Teldec
WORKS: Darmstadt Overtures
PERFORMER: Concentus Musicus Wien/ Nikolaus Harnoncourt
CATALOGUE NO: 4509-93772-2 ADD (1980/67)
Telemann’s fluent grasp of national styles and gift for vivid description are marvellously displayed in this collection of orchestral suites. Sample the arresting splendour of the French overtures, or movements such as the wittily capricious ‘Les irresoluts’ and ‘Les capricieux’ in the G minor Overture or the C major Overture’s beautifully dreamy ‘Sommeille’. The Concentus Musicus Wien play superbly under Harnoncourt’s direction, and their alert, stylishly expressive performances, which are outstandingly recorded, deserve the warmest recommendation. Nicholas Rast