G.P. Telemann, Suites & Concerto for recorder and orchestra, Akamus / Maurice Steger
Harmonia Mundi 901917
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Telemann, Water Music, Goebel / MAK
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The “Water-overture” (Hamburger Ebb und Flut or Musica maritime) is one of them – and gives the more famous Handel work of similar name a run for its money. The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin’s recording (led by first violinist Georg Kallweit) is the third I’ve come across and it shoots to the top of the list, right next to Musica Antiqua Köln’s with Reinhard Goebel. You can feel the waves rolling softly in and out of the Hamburg harbor – but programmatic as this might be, it’s sublime music on its own account and the musicians of Akamus dig in that it is a joy. Preceding this marvel is the Suite in A minor TWV 55:a2 for treble recorder, strings and basso continuo as well as the dazzling treble recorder concerto in C major TWV 51:C1. The recorder may still not be taken seriously as a solo instrument by those who only remember it as an awfully squeaky blow-stick from primary school music class – but Maurice Steger (already impressive in the Recorder Quartets on Archiv) plays with such breathtaking virtuosity that any 'amused' smile is wiped off anyone’s face and replaced with the look of bewilderment: the man plays like possessed – just check out the furiously paced Tempo di Minuet that closes the concerto. Brilliant. And good enough to mint new recorder-lovers among those who listen.