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Telemann, Voyageur virtuose (trio sonatas), Amarillis (released April 24, 2007)
These are mostly sonatas dominated by a wind instrument, both recorder and Baroque oboe, the former with greater beauty than the latter, played with technical ferocity and lyric fluidity by Héloïse Gaillard. The sound, captured in a hall of the Château de Juigné-sur-Sarthe, is clean, active, and warm. Amarillis did a residency there last year, a lovely location I know from having walked through Sablé-sur-Sarthe on the way to visits at the Abbey of St.-Pierre in Solesmes.
Each half of the CD begins with a sonata outside the collection. The opening D minor sonata has the recorder as lead instrument, with violin on the more supporting second part. The piece, which gripped my ears and has not let go, has only one slow movement, a suave rendition with cello and theorbo on the continuo line. The group brings considerable energy, with abandon sometimes overshadowing technical perfection, to the two Allegros and one Presto. The repeated notes that abound in the continuo line are realized with the maximum of rhythmic and percussive clanging from harpsichord and the strings, even guitar-like effects on the theorbo. It's a rockin' 1:48.
Naïve Ambroisie AM 112