Telemann: Die Kleine Kammermusik, 6 Partiten, Concerto in B Minor

Telemann: Die Kleine Kammermusik, 6 Partiten, Concerto in B Minor
Composer Georg Philipp Telemann
Artist Andrea Coen harpsichord
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 95683
EAN code 5028421956831
Release March 2020

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Unique to the current catalogue, a keyboard-only version of six attractive suites by the perennially under-rated Telemann, and played with tremendous verve by an experienced specialist in Baroque keyboard masterpieces.

In 1716 Telemann published a new collection of chamber music, designed for violin or flute or oboe with basso continuo accompaniment. He aimed his dedication not towards a noble patron, but at several important musicians of the time, demonstrating a new, proud self-image of the artists among themselves. The composer himself authorised performance of them on the keyboard alone, and so Andrea Coen has taken Telemann at his word and made his own lively arrangements. Each partita consists of a prelude and six brief dances or arias.

Despite such seemingly formal uniformity, the cycle of Kleine Kammermusik contains a wealth of ideas, and it is not without reason that Telemann later recycled much of its melodic material: thus we may find here his musical world in miniature. In a short space we find French rondos and chaconnes, reminiscent of the affettuoso style of the Italian trio sonata, chromatic songs of lamentation and dances such as the Minuet, the Jig, the Gavotte and the Passepied.

Andrea Coen is an organist, harpsichordist, and fortepianist, who has studied with such distinguished artists as Ton Koopman and Alan Curtis, and has collaborated with such figures as Christopher Hogwood and Monica Huggett. His recordings of Baroque and early-Classical keyboard repertoire for Brilliant Classics have attracted glowing reviews. Coen made the first complete recording of Telemann’s Fantasias (94228). According to MusicWeb International: ‘Coen, an experienced, insightful instrumentalist with a profound knowledge of historical performance practice and a sackful of important recordings under his belt, could make Telemann sound special even on a typewriter.’

Of the sonatas by Giustini (94021), Fanfare noted that Coen ‘brings good taste and the elegance required for this music, while also maintaining a fine sense of the quirky rhythms and dramatic side.’

Kleine KammerMusik, consisting of VI Partias, intended for the violin / transverse flute as well as for the keyboard but in particular for the oboe, which for [their] simplicity and being singable can be used for beginners’ exercise, but they can also be approached by the Virtuoso. They have been completed by Georg Philipp Telemann Capellmeister in Frankfurt am Main.”. Thus wrote Telemann on the title page of his Kleine Kammer Musik. Andrea Coen gratefully accepted Telemann’s suggestion to play them on the harpsichord, in accordance with the performance practice of the time. It was common to realize unwritten harmonies, even more so if in the presence of a very detailed figured bass line, like in this case.
Played on a harpsichord by Giulio Fratini, 2015, after the original double manual instrument by Michael Mietke, Castle of Charlottenburg, by Andrea Coen, one of the foremost keyboard players of Italy, who already successfully recorded for Brilliant Classics works by Giustini, Telemann, C.P.E. Bach, Scarlatti and others.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:B1: I. Con affetto
  2. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:B1: II. Presto
  3. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:B1: III. Dolce
  4. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:B1: IV. Vivace
  5. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:B1: V. Largo
  6. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:B1: VI. Allegro
  7. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:B1: VII. Vivace
  8. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 2 in G Major, TWV 41:G2: I. Siciliana
  9. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 2 in G Major, TWV 41:G2: II. Allegro
  10. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 2 in G Major, TWV 41:G2: III. Allegro
  11. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 2 in G Major, TWV 41:G2: IV. Allegro
  12. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 2 in G Major, TWV 41:G2: V. Affetuoso
  13. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 2 in G Major, TWV 41:G2: VI. Presto
  14. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 2 in G Major, TWV 41:G2: VII. Tempo di menuetto
  15. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 3 in C Minor, TWV 41:c1: I. Adagio
  16. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 3 in C Minor, TWV 41:c1: II. Presto
  17. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 3 in C Minor, TWV 41:c1: III. Vivace
  18. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 3 in C Minor, TWV 41:c1: IV. Vivace
  19. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 3 in C Minor, TWV 41:c1: V. Allegro
  20. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 3 in C Minor, TWV 41:c1: VI. Vivace
  21. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 3 in C Minor, TWV 41:c1: VII. Presto
  22. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 4 in G Minor, TWV 41:g2: I. Grave
  23. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 4 in G Minor, TWV 41:g2: II. Allegro
  24. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 4 in G Minor, TWV 41:g2: III. Allegro
  25. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 4 in G Minor, TWV 41:g2: IV. Tempo di menuetto
  26. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 4 in G Minor, TWV 41:g2: V. Allegro
  27. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 4 in G Minor, TWV 41:g2: VI. Tempo giusto
  28. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 4 in G Minor, TWV 41:g2: VII. Allegro assai
  29. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 5 in E Minor, TWV 41:e1: I. Andante
  30. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 5 in E Minor, TWV 41:e1: II. Vivace
  31. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 5 in E Minor, TWV 41:e1: III. Presto
  32. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 5 in E Minor, TWV 41:e1: IV. Vivace
  33. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 5 in E Minor, TWV 41:e1: V. Siciliana
  34. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 5 in E Minor, TWV 41:e1: VI. Vivace
  35. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 5 in E Minor, TWV 41:e1: VII. Presto
  36. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 6 in E-Flat Major, TWV 41:Es1: I. Affettuoso
  37. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 6 in E-Flat Major, TWV 41:Es1: II. Presto
  38. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 6 in E-Flat Major, TWV 41:Es1: III. Vivace
  39. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 6 in E-Flat Major, TWV 41:Es1: IV. Tempo di ciaconna
  40. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 6 in E-Flat Major, TWV 41:Es1: V. Allegro
  41. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 6 in E-Flat Major, TWV 41:Es1: VI. Allegro
  42. Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 6 in E-Flat Major, TWV 41:Es1: VII. Tempo di menuetto
  43. Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto in B Minor, TWV 33:A1: I. Allegro
  44. Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto in B Minor, TWV 33:A1: II. Adagio
  45. Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto in B Minor, TWV 33:A1: III. Allegro