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

Sandro Rodrigues

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

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.

Tracklist

1.
Fantasia No.1 TWV 40-26 I. Adagio - Allegro
02:52
2.
Fantasia No.1 TWV 40-26 II. Allegro
02:18
3.
Fantasia No.2 TWV 40-27 I. Vivace
02:09
4.
Fantasia No.2 TWV 40-27 II. Andante
02:10
5.
Fantasia No.2 TWV 40-27 III. Vivace da Capo
02:10
6.
Fantasia No.2 TWV 40-27 IV. Presto
01:17
7.
Fantasia No.3 TWV 40-28 I. Largo
03:07
8.
Fantasia No.3 TWV 40-28 II. Presto
01:37
9.
Fantasia No.3 TWV 40-28 III. Vivace
01:12
10.
Fantasia No.4 TWV 40-29 I. Vivace
04:08
11.
Fantasia No.4 TWV 40-29 II. Grave
00:41
12.
Fantasia No.4 TWV 40-29 III. Allegro
01:16
13.
Fantasia No.5 TWV 40-30 I. Allegro
02:11
14.
Fantasia No.5 TWV 40-30 II. Largo
01:26
15.
Fantasia No.5 TWV 40-30 III. Allegro
01:16
16.
Fantasia No.6 TWV 40-31 I. Scherzando
02:23
17.
Fantasia No.6 TWV 40-31 II. Dolce
04:08
18.
Fantasia No.6 TWV 40-31 III. Spirituoso
01:12
19.
Fantasia No.7 TWV 40-32 I. Andante
04:48
20.
Fantasia No.7 TWV 40-32 II. Vivace
01:26
21.
Fantasia No.7 TWV 40-32 III. Allegro
01:31
22.
Fantasia No.8 TWV 40-33 I. Allegro
01:45
23.
Fantasia No.8 TWV 40-33 II. Grave
02:42
24.
Fantasia No.8 TWV 40-33 III. Vivace
01:44
25.
Fantasia No.9 TWV 40-34 I. Presto
01:56
26.
Fantasia No.9 TWV 40-34 II. Grave
04:01
27.
Fantasia No.9 TWV 40-34 III. Allegro
01:39
28.
Fantasia No.10 TWV 40-35 I. Dolce - Allegro
03:31
29.
Fantasia No.10 TWV 40-35 II. Siciliana
01:58
30.
Fantasia No10 TWV 40-35 III. Scherzando
01:42
31.
Fantasia No.11 TWV 40-36 I. Allegro
01:56
32.
Fantasia No.11 TWV 40-36 II. Grave
01:38
33.
Fantasia No.11 TWV 40-36 III.Allegro
02:04
34.
Fantasia No.12 TWV 40-37 I. Andante
03:12
35.
Fantasia No.12 TWV 40-37 II. Allegro
01:54
36.
Fantasia No.12 TWV 40-37 III. Vivace
02:00

Total time: 01:19:00

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Original Recording Format

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

SKU

COBRA0075

Release Date March 3, 2020
SKU COBRA0075

Press reviews

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.

Bill Dodd, DSD Discoveries

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

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