Telemann: Fantasias (12) for solo violin, TWV 40:14-25

Glossa: GCD923406

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Telemann: Fantasias (12) for solo violin, TWV 40:14-25

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2017

Shortlisted - Baroque Instrumental

Label:

Glossa

Catalogue No:

GCD923406

Discs:

1

Release date:

16th Sept 2016

Barcode:

8424562234062

Length:

62 minutes

Medium:

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Telemann: Fantasias (12) for solo violin, TWV 40:14-25


Fabio Biondi (Ferdinando Gagliano violin from the 18th century)

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Alongside his success directing Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi's sixth CD for Glossa is the first to showcase his talents as a solo violinist.

Telemann’s 'Fantasias for Solo Violin' are reflections both of his full maturity as a composer and of being a highly proficient violinist himself The exceptionally prolific composer published sets of fantasias for solo instruments – flute, viola da gamba as well as violin – without basso continuo in Hamburg in the 1730s. The dozen fantasias recorded here are written for an unaccompanied instrument and manage to embrace both the long-established polyphonic German style – with fugues and multi-part writing for the violin – and the more modern Italian stile galante.

Fabio Biondi plays a Ferdinando Gagliano violin from the 18th century, recorded in June 2015 by Fabio Framba in the Brescian Chiesa di Sant’ Eufemia, Corte Franca in Italy.

If Telemann’s violin music has been greatly overlooked on record it can have no better champion than Fabio Biondi and this Glossa CD booklet also benefits from an essay from the Director of the Bach-Archiv in Leipzig, Peter Wollny.

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for Solo Violin No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 40:14

I. Largo

II. Allegro

III. Grave

IV. Si replica l'Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for Solo Violin No. 2 in G Major, TWV 40:15

I. Largo

II. Allegro

III. Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for Solo Violin No. 3 in F Minor, TWV 40:16

I. Adagio

II. Presto - Grave

III. Vivace

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for Solo Violin No. 4 in D Major, TWV 40:17

I. Vivace

II. Grave

III. Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for Solo Violin No. 5 in A Major, TWV 40:18

I. Allegro - Presto

II. Allegro - Presto

III. Andante

IV. Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for Solo Violin No. 6 in E Minor, TWV 40:19

I. Grave

II. Presto

III. Siciliana

IV. Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for Solo Violin No. 7 in E-Flat Major, TWV 40:20

I. Dolce

II. Allegro

III. Largo

IV. Presto

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for Solo Violin No. 8 in E Major, TWV 40:21

I. Piacevolmente

II. Spirituoso

III. Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for Solo Violin No. 9 in B Minor, TWV 40:22

I. Siciliana

II. Vivace

III. Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for Solo Violin No. 10 in D Major, TWV 40:23

I. Presto

II. Largo

III. Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for Solo Violin No. 11 in F Major, TWV 40:24

I. Un poco vivace

II. Soave

II. Un poco vivace

III. Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for Solo Violin No. 12 in A Minor, TWV 40:25

I. Moderato

II. Vivace

III. Presto

Sunday Times

2nd October 2016

“this is attractive music, sizzlingly played by a baroque fiddler at his peak.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2016

“Biondi’s classy playing ensures that they are attractive listening. Clear, sweet-toned and generously bowed, it does not over-complicate matters with fussy articulation or effects...In short, there is a beguiling naturalness here that has not always been Biondi’s thing, and that suits this music so well that even the whirlingly fast tempi he chooses for some movements are in no danger of jarring.”

BBC Music Magazine

December 2016

*****

“Biondi coaxes some ravishingly sumptuous colours to offset the invigorating brilliance of his 1767 Gagliano – the recorded sound at once supportive and graciously sympathetic. He is a man for all Telemann’s seasons.”

The Strad

December 2016

“Fabio Biondi’s colourful accounts of Telemann’s cosmopolitan Fantasias demonstrate technical assurance, style awareness and well-considered use of extempore ornamentation, rubato and other expressive devices.”

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