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Ensemble Meridiana - Tastes of Europe - The Consort


01 July 2012
The Consort
Ursula Brett

Ensemble Meridiana, an international group, was formed in 2006 when five young musicians met while studying early music at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. The variety of baroque instruments which they play gives this group considerable flexibility. The individual musicians are: Dominique Tinguely (Swiss), who plays recorder and baroque bassoon; Sarah Humphrys (British), performing on baroque oboe, recorder and shawm; Sabine Stoffer (Swiss) playing baroque violin; Tore Eketorp (Swedish), viola da gamba and viola; and Christian Kjos (Norwegian), on harpsichord. The informative programme notes for this CD are written by Dominique Tinguely.

The programme is attractive and easy on the ear, while the sound is always well balanced, providing variety of tone and texture. The youthful exuberance of the playing combined with sensitivity, highly polished technique, and excellent articulation as an ensemble -makes this a very appealing CD. It comprises five trios and two quartets, the latter called concerti, all by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). except for the final trio which was formerly attributed to him, but is now known to be composed by Pierre Prowo (1697-1757). Its inclusion here is on account of Telemann's liking for the 'barbaric beauty' of Polish folk music, which is evident in its exciting 4th movement.

The opening concerto in G major by Telemann (TWV 43:G6) is dramatic, even operatic in conception, featuring a virtuoso violin supported by the beautifully-controlled, sustained tones of the recorder and oboe, and the discreet accompaniment of the basso continuo (harpsichord and viola da gamba). The cheeky, joyous final movement is almost Hadyensque. Next comes the Trio in E minor in the French style for two 'dessus' (TWV 42:e11), played here on the recorder and violin, accompanied by basso continuo. The ornamentation of the 2nd movement is played with sensitivity and grace. Quanz must have thought highly of this work, since he recommended it for study in his Versuch einer Anweisung die Flöte Traversiere zu spielen (1752).

Two trios from the Essercizii musici (TWV 42:g5 and F3) follow, composed in Hamburg in 1739/40. The trio which features recorder and viola da gamba as solo instruments is of particular interest., with only the harpsichord playing continuo. The Concerto in A minor (TWV 43:a3) is a more substantial work: the ritornello form of the opening fast movement is suggestive of Vivaldi, while the 2nd movement's tightly-knit fugue demonstrates Telemann's mastery of the German's contrapuntal style.

Historically overshadowed by J S Bach, Telemann was long dismissed as a lightweight composer; Ensemble Meridiana demonstrates the inaccuracy of that perception. His immense output ranges from opera to courtly entertainment, to church music, and throughout his long career, Telemann remained at the forefront of musical developments and embraced many national styles. German, French and Italian stylistic elements are all apparent in the works presented here, creating an attractive kaleidoscope of sounds. In 2007 Ensemble Meridiana won first prize at the International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg for their sensitive interpretation of this composer; I highly recommend this CD.


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