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TELEMANN, G.P.: 12 Fantasies for solo violin (Hadelich)

Composer(s):Telemann, Georg Philipp
Artist(s) Hadelich, Augustin, violin
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570563
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Highly characterful and unfailingly inventive, Telemann’s Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin were written with an eye to the amateur or student market. They explore the possibilities of solo violin writing with suggestions of polyphony and modest elements of double and triple stopping, while making use of instrumental forms derived from the sonata or the suite, often with an overt debt to Corelli and his Italian successors. American Record Guide proclaimed that “the future of great violin playing is safe and very bright in Augustin Hadelich's 24-year-old hands” of Haydn’s Violin Concertos (8.570483), recorded after he won the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,April 2009

I've been acquainted with Telemann's fantasias for flute/recorder for a long time: fine examples of melodic and technically demanding little works. The fantasias for violin, though, are considerably weightier, not necessarily in length or format, but by being able to convey emotion and depth. Augustin Hadelich in this case does not miss an opportunity to indulge in that aspect of the music, turning in stellar and richly inspired performances, captured in wonderfully warm acoustics.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2009

George Philipp Telemann was one of the most prolific composers of the early 18th century and more famous in his lifetime than Johann Sebastian Bach. His style of composition did move with the times, though his Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin were written with an eye to the amateur or student market and were not representative of his output at the time of composition in 1735. Each Fantasia is in several contrasting movements, many being in dance rhythm, and make much use of double and triple stopping to add weight to the texture. It has a passing similarity to Bach’s unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas, though without the same level of pungency. They are played by the winner of the 2006 Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Augustin



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