Telemann Trio Sonata in A minor
Cantata: Lauter Wonne, lauter Freude
Fantasia in D minor, No. 2
Trio Sonata in G minor
Bach arr. Da Camera Trio Sonata in G, BWV 530
Scarlatti Cantata: Ardo e ver per te d'amore
Telemann Trio Sonata in D
Cantata: Hemmet den Eifer, verbannet die Rache
Carolyn Sampson soprano
Emma Murphy recorders
Susanna Pell viols
Steven Devine harpsichord
Da Camera is joined by acclaimed soprano Carolyn Sampson for a special anniversary programme celebrating Telemann's cantatas and trio sonatas.
In his autobiography of 1740, Telemann wrote, 'I particularly devoted myself to the composing of trios... People even flattered me as having done my best work here.'
Ingenuity and variety abound with the use of the new, German 'mixed style', of combining German, French and Italian styles. Tuneful melodies in the modern galant style sit alongside traditional counterpoint. But, at times, there's a leap into Eastern European gypsy music, with alla zoppa syncopations and rousing unisons, which Telemann heard on his travels and described as having 'barbaric beauty'.
Trios from Essercizii Musici (1739/40) as well as the Darmstadt Manuscript are included; the latter of which are marked for recorder and dessus de viole, (treble viol), but have long been played on recorder and violin. They couldn't be more suited to the recorder and treble viol!
Harmonischer Gottesdienst (1725-6) is an annual cycle of cantatas. Each cantata is scored for a solo voice, obbligato instrument and continuo, and consists of a central recitative, which, as Telemann points out, follow the natural flow of the German language, surrounded by rich and passionate da capo arias.
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