Fantasie per il flauto di voce, senza basso (2017)

Telemann

Ronald Moelker

Nowadays, Telemann may be called a hack – not in his own time: he was indisputably the greatest – but his 12 fantasies are a high point in the Baroque. They are a muster of freely treated 18th-century form schemes, demonstrating a great variety of structures and inventions. Telemann’s fantasies demand considerable stylistic mastery as well as the ability to “give shape” to a variegated series of terse, not exhaustively elaborated ideas. We find various courtly dances side by side with slow movements whose succinctness does not detract from their profundity. Sometimes a suggested polyphony is audible, due to the use of large leaps between the melody line and the bass.

“Fantasie per il Violino senza Basso”, it says on the title page of the 12 fantasies ascribed to Telemann, but their structure and tonal range seem to indicate that they were written for a flute in d’ (transverse flute and voice flute). Contrary to the late-baroque treble recorder in f’ the voice flute (treble recorder in d’) possesses dynamic characteristics comparable to those of the single-valve transverse flute: the bass tones, particularly important in polyphonic passages, have a full and rounded sound, the high tones are sweet. Employing transverse flute fingering makes the fantasies sound a full tone higher than their notation, thus achieving still greater expressivity. Each fantasy is set in a different key; played on a valveless flute built according to 18th-century principles, this gives rise to a great variety in timbre, produced by using plain and forked fingering.

Instruments: 2 voice flutes in d’ after authentic examples (Frans Twaalfhoven 1992; a 415 hz. – plum wood).

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Ronald Moelker

Flute Player Ronald Moelker has done numerous concert tours and recordings as a recorder soloist and with ensembles like the Lacrimae Ensemble and the Bassano Quartet. 

He moves easily and seamlessly between different musical genres. He unites a large number of styles and timbres and proves that the boundaries of what is possible with a recorder have not yet been reached. 

In addition to his work in the area of early music, he performs modern compositions and improvisations, including his own work, utilizing Tibetan Bowls and Percussion. 

He has performed at major European Music Festivals such as the ECM Festival in Heraklion and the Festivals for Early Music in Utrecht, Brugge, Skara, Basel and St. Petersburg. He won several prizes and received awards at The Early Music Festival in Brugge and The Van Wassenaer Competition NL (First Prize). 

Ronald Moelker studied recorder at the Conservatory in Rotterdam and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

photo: provided by Aliud Records

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Fantasie per il flauto di voce, senza basso (2017)

Telemann

Ronald Moelker

Mastering Engineer: Jos Boerland - Analog to DSD Transfer
Producer: Jos Boerland
Recording Engineer: Jos Boerland
Recording location: Church Fransum in July 1992
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog

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ACDOH112-2: Fantasie per il flauto di voce, senza basso
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Fantasia I in A - Vivace
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Fantasia I in A - Allegro
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Fantasia II in a - Grave
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Fantasia II in a - Vivace
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Fantasia II in a - Adagio
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Fantasia II in a - Allegro
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Fantasia III in b - Largo, Vivace, Largo, Vivace
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Fantasia III in b - Allegro
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Fantasia IV in Bb - Andante
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Fantasia IV in Bb - Allegro
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Fantasia IV in Bb - Presto
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Fantasia V in C - Presto, Largo, Presto, Dolce
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Fantasia V in C - Allegro
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Fantasia V in C - Allegro
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Fantasia VI in d - Dolce
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Fantasia VI in d - Allegro
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Fantasia VI in d - Spirituoso
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Fantasia VII in D - Alla Francese
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Fantasia VII in D - Presto
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Fantasia VIII in e - Largo
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Fantasia VIII in e - Spirituoso
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Fantasia VIII in e - Allegro
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Fantasia IX in E - Affettuoso
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Fantasia IX in E - Allegro
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Fantasia IX in E - Grave
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Fantasia IX in E - Vivace
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Fantasia X in f - A Tempo Giusto
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Fantasia X in f - Presto
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Fantasia X in f - Moderato
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Fantasia XI in G - Allegro
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Fantasia XI in G - Adagio, Vivace
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Fantasia XI in G - Allegro
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Fantasia XII in g - Grave, Allegro, Grave, Allegro, Dolce, Allegro
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Fantasia XII in g - Presto
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