Telemann's Garden / Elephant House Quartet

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Elephant House Quartet invites the listener for a stroll through the colourful oeuvre of Telemann — himself a gardening enthusiast — presenting a bouquet of...

Elephant House Quartet invites the listener for a stroll through the colourful oeuvre of Telemann — himself a gardening enthusiast — presenting a bouquet of chamber-musical jewels. Telemann’s Garden ranges from excerpts of solo fantasias for violin, flute and harpsichord to a sonata for viola da gamba and basso continuo, a trio sonata for violin, recorder and basso continuo, a suite for violin, flute and basso continuo, as well as one of the quartets Telemann wrote during his Paris sojourns. These pieces together constitute a fascinating portrait of one of the most prolific and successful composers of the Baroque era. Elephant House Quartet is a Baroque ensemble featuring virtuosos on each instrument in wonderful interaction, consisting of recorder player Bolette Roed, violinist Aureliusz Golinski, gambist Reiko Ichise and harpsichordist Allan Rasmussen. Telemann’s Garden marks their PENTATONE debut.

REVIEW:

The Elephant House Quartet use period instruments or modern copies. One cannot fault the quality of the playing. It is exquisite, executed with style and eloquent lyricism. I love the way the passages are shaped with exemplary skill and control. One senses a close connection between the four players, who demonstrate a firm grip on the formal and artistic structure of the works with a sense of total engagement. Calm and meditative in the slow movements, buoyant in the faster movements – these are performances to cherish, with striking unity and intonation of the instruments that make a gorgeous sound. Allan Rasmussen’s harpsichord, a modern copy after Harrass (c. 1710), is one of the finest I have heard.

– MusicWeb International



Product Description:


  • Release Date: October 11, 2019


  • UPC: 827949074967


  • Catalog Number: PTC5186749


  • Label: Pentatone


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Baroque


  • Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Elephant House Quartet



Works:


  1. Fantaisie in A Minor, TWV 33:19: I. Lentement

    Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann

    Ensemble: Elephant House Quartet


  2. Suite No. 5 in A Minor for flute, violin & basso continuo, TWV 42:a3

    Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann

    Ensemble: Elephant House Quartet


  3. 12 Fantaisies: No. 9 in B Minor, TWV 40:22: I. Siciliana

    Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann

    Ensemble: Elephant House Quartet


  4. Paris Quartet No. 3 in G Major for flute, violin, viola da gamba & basso continuo, TWV 43:G4

    Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann

    Ensemble: Elephant House Quartet


  5. Fantasia No. 1 in A Major for flute solo, TWV 40:2

    Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann

    Ensemble: Elephant House Quartet


  6. Essercizii musici: Trio in A Minor, TWV 42:a4

    Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann

    Ensemble: Elephant House Quartet


  7. Essercizii musici: Viola da Gamba Sonata in E Minor, TWV 41:e5: III. Recitativo - Arioso

    Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann

    Ensemble: Elephant House Quartet