TELEMANN Sinfonia Melodica / Kussmaul 4775923

Solo violinist and director of the ensemble, Rainer Kussmaul, is a strong player whose feeling for graceful gestures in slow movements and scintillating passagework in faster ones is rewardingly communicative. Oboist Albrecht Mayer brings that distinctive, warmly rounded German tone to the D minor Concerto, phrasing the music with elegance and expressive sensibility. Among other highlights is the limpid playing of Kussmaul and his violinist partner Rüdiger Liebermann in the A major Concerto. In summary, this is a programme full of interesting and affecting byways, convincingly performed and very well recorded.

. . . it's an absolute charmer. Note that it isn't on DG's Archiv label: this is not a period-instrument band but a flexible ensemble of players moonlighting from the Berlin Philharmonic, no less . . . the playing of the concerto has a wonderful vitality . . . In fact, lightness -- of touch, not of content -- best sums up this disc: one that shows a perfect blend of 'modern' playing with 'historical' awareness.

Albrecht Mayer's playing of the solo part is quite outstanding: highly expressive and shapely in the slower movements, and brilliantly executed in the Vivace (ii) and Allegro (iv).

. . . el buen gusto y la belleza del fraseo, la finura de la expresión.

La belleza de la obra [el Concierto para violín en Mi mayor, 51:E3] permite el lucimiento de Rainer Kussmaul, violinista, director y auténtico «alma mater» de los Berliner Barock Solisten