Giovanni Antonini, Tindaro Capuano, Enrico Onofri, Il Giardino Armonico

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Though his name might not be immediately obvious when considering the giants of the Baroque era, Telemann was a firm fixture of the 18th-century German music establishment. Godfather to Bach's son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and a friend of Handel, the amateur botanist and one-time law student ultimately rose to prominence as Hamburg's director of church music. Released in the year of Telemann's 250th anniversary, this album won both Echo Klassik and Diapason d’Or de l’Année awards. It was recorded in Milan's Chiesa di San Marco, a church that in 1874 hosted the premiere of Verdi's requiem, and whose attached monastery had hosted a teenage Mozart for 3 months in 1770. The album opens with a short piece by Jacques-Martin Hotteterre, a French flautist, composer and flute-maker, and continues with works you'd expect on an album featuring recorder superstar Giovanni Antonini. We're also treated to something of a curiosity in the form of the Sonata in F Major for two chalumeaux, violin and continuo. An ancestor of the modern clarinet, the chalumeau's existence can be traced back to the 12th century, and Telemann wrote for it more than once. Following its eventual transformation into a keyed instrument, its name lives on as a stop in the organs of many European churches. Telemann composed prolifically, and a lot of his work has survived. read more



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