Sitting in the Atlantic Ocean, seven volcanic rocks rise above the waves: the Canaries, an archipelago shaped by nature and man. A major destination for mass tourism since the fifties, the islands feature amongst the preferred spots for holidaymakers from northern Europe.
L'archipel des Canaries baigne dans l'océan Atlantique ses côtes volcaniques : Tenerife, la Gomera, El Hierro, la Palma, la Grande Canarie, Lanzarote et Fuerteventura. …
A broad selection of 33 Overtures (Orchestral Suites) by Georg Philipp Telemann is here collected in one generous 8-CD set. Telemann, one of the most prolific and gifted composers of the 18th century, wrote many charming, graceful suites in the fashion of his time - comprised of a three-part French overture followed by shorter dance movements, chaconnes, character pieces, and more. The historically-informed performance of Collegium Instrumentale Brugense under Patrick Piere shows that these bright, varied works truly rival the suites of Handel and Bach.
Recorded in the bright acoustics of the Teatro Bibiena in Mantua (“the most beautiful theatre in the world”, according to Leopold Mozart), Zefiro's second release on the Arcana label is devoted to the colourful world of Telemann's Overtures (i.e. Suites). The three masterworks presented here highlight the unique quality of this versatile ensemble – formed by the oboists Alfredo Bernardini and Paolo Grazzi, and the bassoonist Alberto Grazzi – specialising in eighteenth-century works that give particular prominence to wind instruments.
Emotions ruffle the elegant surface of these instrumental suites by Georg Muffat - caprice, melancholy, martial fervor, amorous longing - and like ripples on a moonlit pond, they shimmer and are gone. They're only ripple deep, these musical evocations, easily recognized but not sustained. Even the titles are stylized - "Indissoluble Friendship", "Noble Youth", Chaconne of the "Lucky Stars", "Quis Hic?".. Who's There? Who indeed? The dancing master, of course! The five suites are composed of the familiar courtly dances of the 17th Century: minuets, bourees, gigues, sarabandes, gavottes, all so exquisitely graceful that one can easily visualize the dancers in their brocades and lace.