Telemann Methodical Sonatas, vol. 1
acclaimed CD combines performances of five sonatas with detailed study notes on
Baroque ornamentation. Included are suggestions for analyzing the sonatas, a
glossary of ornaments Telemann uses, and information on articulation and style.
Also included are the “rules for Baroque ornamentation” developed by the late
Features the sonatas in G Minor, A Major, E
Minor, D Major, and A Minor.
Here is an mp3 clip of the fourth movement of the e minor
to hear a clip of the second movement of the D Major Sonata.
|This lovely and instructive new recording brings
to the fore one of the most important and practical sources of
information about the interpretation of Baroque music. Included on this
CD are five sonatas out of the twelve published by Georg Phillip
Telemann in two sets in 1728 and 1732. In addition to her very clean,
relaxed, and expressive performances, flutist Hopkins (Professor of
Flute at the University of Connecticut and a member of the Hartford
Symphony) provides in her liner notes a very concise but extremely
helpful study guide for how to analyze the Baroque sonata, a glossary of
ornaments Telemann uses, and other helpful information on articulation
and style. Of course, for study purposes these recorded realizations of
Telemann’s suggested possibilities need to be used along with his
written score, which provides copious illustrations of the kind of kind
of ornamentation the composer considered appropriate—and they are much
more elaborate and intricate than the way most 18th century sonatas are
usually played today. And, in the performances by Hopkins and Skernick,
these seemingly simple melodies come to life with the addition of
informed use of articulation, nuance, affect, and embellishments. The
works take on a shape and direction of line that makes them full, rich
and highly musical. Her flute tone is so limpid, yet focused, and
resonant that her interpretations sound convincing and absolutely
natural on the modern silver flute. And Skernick’s continuo playing
provides a rhythmic, melodic and harmonic underpinning that is full and
balanced. Whether for information, amusement, or amazement you are sure
to find this recording compelling and well worth purchasing.
--Jerry Pritchard, The Flute Network
|Dr. Barbara Hopkins, with
harpsichordist Linda Skernick, has produced a beautifully-crafted
recording of five of Telemann's "Methodical" Sonatas. The recording quality is
outstanding, capturing a natural, well-balanced sound, while maintaining
all the modern expectations of clarity. The musical performances are
also outstanding: Hopkins has honed her sound on the modern flute to a
concept of tone color and vibrato which expresses an understanding of
the traverso without sounding overtly imitative of the Baroque
instrument. The CD booklet includes four pages of informative and
well-resented notes described as a "Baroque Ornamentation Study Guide."
Hopkins has undertaken a worthwhile project, and we look forward to
--Dr. Rebecca Dunnell, Kansas City Flute Association
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