Fantasia - Telemann 12 Fantasias for viola da gamba (Transcription for Guitar) (2020)

Telemann

Sandro Rodrigues

Cobra Records often brings our listeners some interesting takes on well-known music.  In 2018 Cobra released Mahler’s 5th Symphony performed – not by a full orchestra but by a small ensemble with the album Mahler V by the Natalia Ensemble.

Today we have another album in this style with the release of Telemann’s 12 Fantasies for Viola da Gamba.  In this case, the album is performed by guitarist Sandro Rodrigues with a transcription of the work that he wrote. Cobra Records and NativeDSD are excited about this new release so we are bringing it to you now – one month ahead of its official release in April.

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the best composers of his time.  Today we know that he was also among the most prolific composers of all with more than 3,000 works of different styles, many of which have never been known or the manuscripts were lost during the Second World War.

His works were published both in Paris and in Germany and acquired and distributed by musicians from all over Europe.  This gave Telemann more popularity than Johann Sebastian Bach.  Yet he was soon ignored and belittled until interest in his music gradually resurfaced in the 20th Century, thus slowly regaining the place that recognizes him as one of the great composers of his time.

In this gradual process of recovering Telemann’s music, it has taken place sporadically and re-highlight the work of the Magdeburg composer. This is the case of the Fantasies pour la Basse de Violle, a collection of twelve fantasies for viola da gamba transcribed for guitar on this album.

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Sandro Rodrigues

Sandro Rodrigues was born on the 8th of June of 1996, in the city of S. João da Madeira, Portugal. He started to study guitar, officially, at the age of 10 in the Academia de Música de S. João da Madeira, with Professor Carlos Moreira. In 2011 he entered de Escola Profissional de Música de Espinho, where he studied with Professor Tiago Emanuel Cassola for three years. In 2014 he traveled to Zaragoza to study in the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón with the masters Pedro Mateo and Àlex Garrobé. He also studied Ancient Plucked Instruments with the theorbist Daniel Zapico. After his journey in Spain, Sandro packed his guitar and went to The Netherlands to complement his studies with the Maestro Carlo Marchione. During his career, Sandro has premiered works from composers like Nuno Peixoto, Bernardo Pérez and Alberto Caracciolo. Sandro Rodrigues has been in masterclasses of great guitarists, such as Ricardo Gallén, Judicael Perroy, Dejan Ivanovic, Marco Socías, Marlon Titre, Marco Smaili, Petrit Çeku, José Antonio Escobar, Michailis Kontaxakis, Rafael Aguirre, Roberto Aussel, and many others.

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Fantasia - Telemann 12 Fantasias for viola da gamba (Transcription for Guitar) (2020)

Telemann

Sandro Rodrigues

    Opus Klassiek, april 2020

Dat laatste geldt ook voor de smaakvolle bewerking voor gitaar solo, door de Portugese gitarist Sandro Rodrigues. Hoewel ik niet altijd positief tegen de meest uiteenlopende arrangementen aankijk is deze transcriptie zeker geslaagd te noemen, mede doordat deze fantasieën voor viola da gamba zich relatief gemakkelijk voor uitvoering op de gitaar lenen. Waar nog bijkomt dat Rodrigues ook als uitvoerend musicus in deze stukken het muzikanteske karakter ervan geheel en al intact laat. Of anders gezegd: de oorspronkelijke eigenschappen blijven mede dankzij dit gitaarspel par excellence wel degelijk behouden. Maar misschien wordt dit mede verklaard doordat de gitaar bij uitstek een ‘transcriptie-instrument' is dat bovendien sterke raakvlakken heeft met zowel de luit als de vihuela, instrumenten die rond de vijftiende eeuw in zwang kwamen en tot in de barokperiode een belangrijke rol vervulden. Het fijnzinnige gitaarspel van Sandro Rodrigues werd door Tom Peeters in de Koepelwerk te Renswoude evenzo markant vastgelegd.

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    Bill Dodd, DSD Discoveries

Wonderful. I've listened to this album in DSD Stereo all the way through 4 times in a week.

Bill Dodd, NativeDSD Senior Reviewer

Fantasia - Telemann 12 Fantasias for viola da gamba (Transcription for Guitar) (2020)

Telemann

Sandro Rodrigues

Cables: Acoustic Revive
Digital Converters: Hapi, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Microphones: Brüel & Kjaer 4003, Neumann modified by Rens Heijnis
Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording Engineer: Tom Peeters
Recording location: Koepelkerk, Renswoude, The Netherlands on August 19, 20, 21, 2019 and December 6 and 7, 2019
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256
Speakers: KEF 105.3

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COBRA0075: Fantasia - Telemann 12 Fantasias for viola da gamba (Transcription for Guitar)
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Fantasia No.1 TWV 40-26 I. Adagio - Allegro
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Fantasia No.1 TWV 40-26 II. Allegro
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Fantasia No.2 TWV 40-27 I. Vivace
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Fantasia No.2 TWV 40-27 II. Andante
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Fantasia No.2 TWV 40-27 III. Vivace da Capo
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Fantasia No.2 TWV 40-27 IV. Presto
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Fantasia No.3 TWV 40-28 I. Largo
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Fantasia No.3 TWV 40-28 II. Presto
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Fantasia No.3 TWV 40-28 III. Vivace
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Fantasia No.4 TWV 40-29 I. Vivace
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Fantasia No.4 TWV 40-29 II. Grave
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Fantasia No.4 TWV 40-29 III. Allegro
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Fantasia No.5 TWV 40-30 I. Allegro
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Fantasia No.5 TWV 40-30 II. Largo
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Fantasia No.5 TWV 40-30 III. Allegro
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Fantasia No.6 TWV 40-31 I. Scherzando
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Fantasia No.6 TWV 40-31 II. Dolce
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Fantasia No.6 TWV 40-31 III. Spirituoso
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Fantasia No.7 TWV 40-32 I. Andante
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Fantasia No.7 TWV 40-32 II. Vivace
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Fantasia No.8 TWV 40-33 I. Allegro
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Fantasia No.8 TWV 40-33 II. Grave
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Fantasia No.8 TWV 40-33 III. Vivace
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Fantasia No.9 TWV 40-34 I. Presto
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Fantasia No.9 TWV 40-34 II. Grave
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Fantasia No.9 TWV 40-34 III. Allegro
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Fantasia No.10 TWV 40-35 I. Dolce - Allegro
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Fantasia No.10 TWV 40-35 II. Siciliana
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Fantasia No10 TWV 40-35 III. Scherzando
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Fantasia No.11 TWV 40-36 I. Allegro
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Fantasia No.11 TWV 40-36 II. Grave
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Fantasia No.11 TWV 40-36 III.Allegro
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Fantasia No.12 TWV 40-37 I. Andante
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Fantasia No.12 TWV 40-37 II. Allegro
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Fantasia No.12 TWV 40-37 III. Vivace
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