TELEMANN Flute Quartets / MAK, Goebel


Flute Quartets
Musica Antiqua Köln
Reinhard Goebel
Int. Release 01 Apr. 2005
0289 477 5379 7
ARCHIV Produktion
"One of their strongest issues to date. The programme is imaginative, the content varied and the playing of a very high order . . . Excellent." CD review of Telemann string concertos, BBC Music Magazine, 2003

Track List

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767)
Flute Quartet in G minor, TWV 43 g4




Flute Quartet in G, TWV 43 G6




Flute Quartet in D minor, TWV 43 d3





Flute Quartet in G, TWV 43 G11





Flute Quartet in A minor, TWV 43 a3





Flute Quartet in G, TWV 43 G12





Flute Quartet in B flat, TWV 43 B2




Flute Quartet in G, TWV 43 G10




Musica Antiqua Köln

Total Playing Time 1:08:47

The performances are characteristically energetic and stylish . . . the disc is admirable.

Goebel and his ensemble of players from Musica Antiqua Köln offer characteristically well-drilled, thought-provoking performances which are stylish and communicative. My greatest enjoyment lies in the playing of faster movements since, from time to time, that distinctive, French-aligned délicatesse with which Telemann so often beguiles our senses seems to have eluded these musicians . . . this is a mainly satisfying account of very high-quality Telemann . . .

Goebel and his associates deliver unfailingly colorful and energetic performances.

Telemann scored his quartets for dissimilar instruments so that the seperate strands could be heard, and the precision of Musica Antiqua Köln's playing, combined with a clear recording, ensures that this is always the case . . . when he and his concerto-like finales of 'g4' (stylishly led by recorder player Maurice Steger) and 'a3' (in which recorder, oboe and violin each get feisty solos), or the whole of G12 (strongly coloured by Verena Fischer's flute), the results are hard to resist.

Works by one of the very best composers of the Baroque, adeptly chosen, skillfully played by brilliant musicians, on period instruments . . . Musica Antiqua Köln lives up to its promise, and delivers everything that we have come to expect over the years: clean playing that is never cold, exuberance that is never blind, technique and emotion perfectly matched . . . this CD is truly a thing of beauty. The eight musicians are all accomplished soloists and the same time refined chamber players, mixing vigor and tenderness in just the right proportion. There are hundreds of delicious details here ¿ the charming effects (a musette, a country dance); the unlikely combination of sense of humor and elegance, the infectious enthusiasm in the fast movements; the ornamental freedom overall, the clear attacks, the breaths that give bounce to the phrases, the flexibility, the variety of timbres, the perfect choice of tempos, the funky trills, the virtuoso playing that serves the music and not the interpreters' egos ¿ that make this a disc to remember . . . this is a definite must-buy, and a sure-fire candidate for my Want List.

Telemanns virtuose Flötenquartette, von Reinhard Goebels famoser Musica Antiqua Köln mit hinreißender Spielfreude und hoher Qualität musiziert.

Kammermusik von hoher Kunstfertigkeit, und dies sowohl in ihrem melodischen Erfindungsreichtum als auch in ihrer konzertanten Kontrapunktik . . . Beide Flötisten beeindrucken durch ihre Phrasierungskunst und ein differenziertes Gespür für den spezifischen Stil dieser Musik, für ihren verspielten Witz und ihre unmittelbar einnehmende Nonchalance. Überhaupt wird frisch und leichfüßig musiziert, dass es eine Lust ist; und die weichen Klänge der beiden Flöten kontrastieren effektvoll mit den härter konturierenden Streicher der Musica Antiqua Köln, unter ihnen Reinhard Goebel, Karlheinz Steeb und Klaus-Dieter Brandt. Am Cembalo waltet mit nuancierter Frische Léon Berben. Immer wieder entspinnen sich melodische Zwiegesänge zwischen den einzelnen Spielern, wie sie harmonischer und beredter nicht sein könnten.

Musica Antiqua Köln führt auf seiner neuen CD mit dem für Reinhard Goebels Musizierstil so typischen spritzigen Instrumentalidiom vor, wie sich bei Telemann die Emotion der Kantilene mit der Arithmetik des Kontrapunkts verbindet, wie der Klang der Block- oder Traversflöte, der Oboe oder der Violine (und in einem Fall auch des Violoncellos) über dem dezent, aber unbeirrt fortschreitenden Fundament der Bassinstrumente schweben kann . . . Es bereichert noch einmal die Vielgestaltigkeit dieser CD, einer neuen Perle in der ohnehin glänzenden Telemann-Diskographie Goebels.

Goebel et ses complices s'en saisissent pour les innerver d'une vie et d'une passion intenses . . . [dans le] Vivace final: la musique bouillonne, s'exacerbe et s'épanouit tandis que les sonorités atteignent à une rare séduction . . . pour qui demande à la musique baroque, et à celle de Telemann en particulier, de le captiver par mille textures magiques ou trépidations rythmiques, ce disque est un cadeau du ciel.

Le style tranchant et jubilatoire de Musica Antiqua Köln s'impose comme une sorte d'évidence dans ce répertoire qui semble taillé sur mesure pour ses musiciens. ... Nous réservons notre coup de cœur à ce Quatuor en sol majeur (il en existe d'ailleurs une autre version en fa) où le violon funambule et tourbillonnant vient titiller la flûte à bec et le hautbois qui n'aspirent qu'à de tendres ritournelles: une référence qui bouleverse la discographie.

De la magnífica serie que hasta ahora Musica Antiqua Kö1n ha dedicado a Telemann, ésta es . . . la grabación más significativa.

Compositor de tamaña talla merecería siempre interpretaciones como éstas que le otorgan Goebel y su grupo, y que son un deleite indescriptible para cualquier amante de la buena música.

. . . la lettura è più matura e ponderata, lontana dalle intemperanze giovanili ma non per questo priva di estro e verve.
An Unbeatable Combination

Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln and Telemann
Reinhard Goebel, his Musica Antiqua Köln, Georg Philipp Telemann - names that have become inseparably and invaluably linked during the past 30 years. The newest recording by Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln features Telemann's flute quartets, brilliantly imaginative, kaleidoscopically colourful works for three melody instruments and continuo that have been called his "most original contribution to the history of chamber music" (The New Grove, 2001). And the "quadri" selected by Reinhard Goebel for this new disc, some of them innovatively incorporating features of the concerto, are among Telemann's supreme examples of a genre he virtually invented.

"Although it's considerably harder to disseminate new truths than to perpetuate old foolishness ad absurdum, I hope the present recording will nonetheless dispel certain odeurs and be regarded as contributing to a new image of Telemann." Reinhard Goebel expressed this hope in 1987 with the release of his recording of Telemann wind concertos. But already with their first Telemann LP in 1979, he and his Musica Antiqua were vehemently crusading against those "certain odeurs", the labels - "polygraph" and producer of Hausmusik, or music for domestic consumption - that had been attached unfairly to the prolific composer. Their disc of Telemann's chamber concertos was one of the very first Archiv Produktion recordings by Musica Antiqua Köln, which was formed in 1973, and the fresh wind with which it confronted reviewers was greeted with both enthusiasm and suspicion. But there was unanimous agreement that something new was happening here with old Telemann, something that the critics of the day felt would "undoubtedly provide a very interesting forum for debate. Those interested in Telemann would be unwise to pass it by" (Records and Recording, January 1980). In fact, Reinhard Goebel has seen to it, not only through his interpretations of Telemann, but also through his perspective on the works of, for example, Bach, Biber and Heinichen, that so-called Early Music has constantly provided "an interesting forum for debate" over the last three decades.

The present production is Goebel's eighth with works by Telemann, the most-recorded composer by Musica Antiqua on Deutsche Grammophon's Archiv Produktion label, followed closely by his fellow musician and friend Johann Sebastian Bach. It is not the quantity of productions, however, but their exceptional quality and, above all, their infectious vivacity, which has earned Goebel's Telemann performances a central position in the recorded history of Early Music. Writing on Sinfonia spirituosa, a CD of string concertos released in 2002 that went on to win an "Echo" Award, one critic stated: "No persuasion is needed for the confident, extrovert Sinfonia spirituosa, here played with such infectious bounce that I fully expected my speakers to start dancing. Viva Goebel! Viva Telemann!" (Fanfare, September 2002).

In acknowledgement of his "worldwide efforts on behalf of the promulgation of Telemann's works" Reinhard Goebel received the 2002 Georg Philipp Telemann Prize from the composer's native city of Magdeburg. And Goebel together with his Musica Antiqua Köln will surely never tire of working in their inimitably spirited fashion, and with razor-sharp discrimination in matters of performance practice, to ensure the continued promulgation of Telemann's music. That's a big assignment, for Telemann was famously prolific - thank goodness.
Andrea Hechtenberg

Critical Acclaim on Musica Antiqua Köln's Latest Release

Harmonia artificioso-ariosa: diversi mode accordata
Musica Antiqua Köln Reinhard Goebel
2 CD 00289 474 9652

Musica Antiqua Köln is on strong form, bringing character to the many dances and variation movements... the new issue offers stimulation and satisfaction in equal measure.
BBC Music Magazine (London), July 2004

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber's status as one of the greatest Austro-German composers before JS Bach is confirmed in spades in this typically fiery, impassioned interpretation of his trio partitas, the Harmonia Artificioso-ariosa... the depth of that fascination is clear in every bar of these eloquent, gesture rich performances.
Music Week (London), 12 June 2004

The white-hot intensity and infectious "drive" that animate this latest recording speak for themselves. There is no better way of describing the rhythmic exuberance that makes Goebel's music making so distinctive than the term "drive" as used in pop music and jazz to mean something more than mere verve. No single player stands out, no technical limitations hold back Goebel and his partner. The playing of these two violinists blends symbiotically to produce a picture in sound that seems capable of being seized, touched and embraced.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 2 October 2004

Not only have Goebel and his four comrades-in-arms on the violin, viola, cello and harpsichord produced the euphonious harmonies promised by the composer, they have also illuminated to a hitherto unknown extent the experimental aspect of these works, their inner wealth of interrelationships and their delightful play with harmonics. Listeners who have not yet discovered Biber's music for themselves will find a first-class opportunity to do so with the present CDs.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 16 June 2004

Goebel constructs the musical argument along superb lines: in the great Aria and Variations from Partita no. 6, for example, he begins slowly, then builds up an electrifying accelerando over fourteen minutes. [...] Also worth mentioning are the extraordinary Praeludium that opens the Partita no. 3 and the delightful Pollicinello.
Diapason (Paris), July 2004