• Georg Philip Telemann

    Recorder Sonatas and Fantasias

    Pamela Thorby

    Recorder Sonatas and Fantasias 2 cd CKD 476
    Linn Records

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Having previously recorded the Baroque greats such as Handel and Vivaldi, Pamela Thorby completes her anthology of eighteenth century favourites with Telemann's Recorder Sonatas and Fantasias.

Telemann's legacy as a composer of recorder music is among the richest of the age. The warmth and conviviality of Telemann's writing, the easy beauty of his melodies, as well as the knowing playfulness and ingenuity across many national styles are fully explored in this engaging programme.

Pamela utilises a range of recorders in many sizes, known to players in the eighteenth century but only recently again perfected by makers for modern use. Accompanying Pamela are Ensemble Marsyas' Peter Whelan (bassoon), Alison McGillivray (cello), Elizabeth Kenny (archlute/guitar) and Marcin Swiatkiewicz (harpsichord/organ).

Telemann's virtuosic ‘concerto style' writing provides many opportunities for Pamela to further cement her deserved reputation as ‘queen of the recorder'.

4 stars - 'Pamela Thorby, one of today's most boldly stylish and charismatic recorder players, makes every shapely line count...her solo Fantasias are breathtaking: intimate, exploratory, captivating for the virtuosic way she spins several lines of counterpoint at once.' The Guardian