Telemann Alla Polacca
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Suite pour flûte, cordes & basse continue TWV 55 Es 2 - Concerto pour flûte trav., cordes & basse c. TWV51 - Concerto Polonoise pour cordes & basse continue TWV 43 B3 - Suite pour flûte à bec, cordes & basse continue TWV 55 a2 / Ensemble Rebel, dir. Jörg-Michael Schwarz
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Telemann was a child prodigy who had to keep his skills largely under wraps because of the ambitions of his widowed mother. She wanted him to go into law at the University of Leipzig, rather than the relatively low status of musician (she finally relented).
Telemann shared with Bach what might be called a "fourth dimensional musical memory". Whereas Bach preferred to use his gift to create seamless linear counterpoint of unequalled depth, Telemann rejected what he regarded as excessive formalism. Instead, he exploited "orchestral counterpoint", demonstrating one of the keenest and most creative ears for instrumental sonorities among all composers in history. His limitless creativity in combining rhythm, harmony, and unexpected shifts of mood have too often been buried by insensitive or oblivious performance styles. But the popularity and exotic flavor of Telemann's Polish folk-influenced works - which in fact brought him out of the shadows for me back in the 1980s - have helped get some of these qualities to wider attention. I have to hold up temporarily now, but will return to more specific description of Telemann alla polacca later.
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