Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Violin Solo

Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Violin Solo
Composer Georg Philipp Telemann
Artist Federico Guglielmo violin
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94616
EAN code 5028421946160
Release May 2015

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Federico Guglielmo is one of Brilliant Classics’ most prominent performers. Having recently helped assemble the authoritative Vivaldi Edition, a collection of over 60 CDs of the Italian composer’s music, here he turns his hand to another renowned Baroque composer: Georg Philipp Telemann. Following on from J.S. Bach’s tradition of solo violin music – some of the most famous works the master of Baroque ever wrote for the instrument – Telemann proves himself to be just as capable of writing lyrically for the violin, adopting a style that is often more ‘vocal’ compared to Bach’s and which is resultantly less daring in its use of counterpoint. Many of the Fantasias are extremely lively, and indeed it is interesting to note that Telemann drew on many folk dances of the time for these works. One, the ninth Fantasia, has its first movement explicitly labelled ‘Siciliana’.
Guglielmo helps these Fantasias to dance along, showing himself to be a consummate.

Baroque performer of German as well as Italian music. Praised by Gramophone magazine for his "sparkling virtuosity", Guglielmo’s reputation has grown steadily since his first-prize win in the Vittorio Gui Chamber Music Competition in Florence at the age of just 22; his career has since flourished, with noteworthy collaborations including the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston and the world-renowned Academy of Ancient Music in the UK. Guglielmo’s passion for Baroque music comes across in bucket loads, as he fully exploits the lyrical nature of Telemann’s works.

The 12 Fantasias for violin solo by Georg Philipp Telemann are masterpieces in their genre, and should be as famous as the Sonatas and Partitas by his contemporary Johann Sebastian Bach.
Not only are these works a testimony of Telemann’s great melodic gift, but the violin writing is idiomatic and demanding, using advanced violin techniques (Telemann was a self-taught violinist himself). The sonatas contain several movements, and are a synthesis between the melodious Italian School style of Corelli, and the polyphonic German style (several sonatas end with a fugue).
Few violinists have better credentials for performing this music than Italian maestro Federico Guglielmo, leader of the early music ensemble “L’Arte dell’Arco” and celebrated violinist himself, with an impressive discography to his name. For Brilliant Classics he recorded the complete Op. 1-10 by Vivaldi, to great international acclaim.

Other information:
Notes on the composer and pieces.
Notes on the performer.
Description of the instruments end.
Recorded in 2011 at the Sala della Scuola di Santa Maria della Carità, Padua, Italy.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Fantasia No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 40:14: I. Largo
  2. Fantasia No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 40:14: II. Allegro
  3. Fantasia No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 40:14: III. Grave
  4. Fantasia No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 40:14: IV. Si replica l’allegro
  5. Fantasia No. 2 in G Major, TWV 40:15: I. Largo
  6. Fantasia No. 2 in G Major, TWV 40:15: II. Allegro
  7. Fantasia No. 2 in G Major, TWV 40:15: III. Allegro
  8. Fantasia No. 3 in F Minor, TWV 40:16: I. Adagio
  9. Fantasia No. 3 in F Minor, TWV 40:16: II. Presto
  10. Fantasia No. 3 in F Minor, TWV 40:16: III. Grave – Vivace
  11. Fantasia No. 4 in D Major, TWV 40:17: I. Vivace
  12. Fantasia No. 4 in D Major, TWV 40:17: II. Grave
  13. Fantasia No. 4 in D Major, TWV 40:17: III. Allegro
  14. Fantasia No. 5 in A Major, TWV 40:18: I. Allegro – Presto
  15. Fantasia No. 5 in A Major, TWV 40:18: II. Andante
  16. Fantasia No. 5 in A Major, TWV 40:18: III. Allegro
  17. Fantasia No. 6 in E Minor, TWV 40:19: I. Grave
  18. Fantasia No. 6 in E Minor, TWV 40:19: II. Presto
  19. Fantasia No. 6 in E Minor, TWV 40:19: III. Siciliana
  20. Fantasia No. 6 in E Minor, TWV 40:19: IV. Allegro
  21. Fantasia No. 7 in E-Flat Major, TWV 40:20: I. Dolce
  22. Fantasia No. 7 in E-Flat Major, TWV 40:20: II. Allegro
  23. Fantasia No. 7 in E-Flat Major, TWV 40:20: III. Largo
  24. Fantasia No. 7 in E-Flat Major, TWV 40:20: IV. Presto
  25. Fantasia No. 8 in E Major, TWV 40:21: I. Piacevolmente
  26. Fantasia No. 8 in E Major, TWV 40:21: II. Spirituoso
  27. Fantasia No. 8 in E Major, TWV 40:21: III. Allegro
  28. Fantasia No. 9 in B Minor, TWV 40:22: I. Siciliana
  29. Fantasia No. 9 in B Minor, TWV 40:22: II. Vivace
  30. Fantasia No. 9 in B Minor, TWV 40:22: III. Allegro
  31. Fantasia No. 10 in D Major, TWV 40:23: I. Presto
  32. Fantasia No. 10 in D Major, TWV 40:23: II. Largo
  33. Fantasia No. 10 in D Major, TWV 40:23: III. Allegro
  34. Fantasia No. 11 in F Major, TWV 40:24: I. Un poco vivace
  35. Fantasia No. 11 in F Major, TWV 40:24: II. Soave
  36. Fantasia No. 11 in F Major, TWV 40:24: III. Da capo. Un poco vivace
  37. Fantasia No. 11 in F Major, TWV 40:24: IV. Allegro
  38. Fantasia No. 12 in A Minor, TWV 40:25: I. Moderato
  39. Fantasia No. 12 in A Minor, TWV 40:25: II. Vivace
  40. Fantasia No. 12 in A Minor, TWV 40:25: III. Presto