Handel: Watermusic; Telemann / Dombrecht, Il Fondamento
The disc made an immediate impression. The warmth of the oboes and the liveliness of the trills in the opening of the F-Major suite from the Handel Water Music presaged a very pleasant hour ahead. Indeed, this is a most enjoyable recording, with high marks on every score. The breadth and liveliness of the sound for the Handel, combined with clarity of detail, is notable. Dombrecht leads a performance with much expression in the shaping of the lines. The melodies carry the listener forward, and the rhythmic punctuation from the accompanying ensemble is incisive. I particularly enjoyed the contributions of II Fondamento's horns, but the ensemble is strong all around.
The sound for the Telemann, recorded the following year, is not quite as present, and the contributions of the wind pair (flutes, recorders, oboes, depending on the movement) can be overmatched. The interpretation might also be a little freer rhythmically. I could hear more stamping from the shoes of the "merry sailors" who close out the suite, for example.
Nevertheless, this is a fine disc. I will wager that if it makes it in your door it will stay close by your CD player. Recommended.
-- Tom Moore, Fanfare
Catalog Number: PAS9513
Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann, George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Paul Dombrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Fondamento