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 brought it to you one month ahead of its official release.
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 distinctive 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.
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 01:19:00
Hapi, Merging Technologies
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Brüel & Kjaer 4003, Neumann modified by Rens Heijnis
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Koepelkerk, Renswoude, The Netherlands on August 19, 20, 21, 2019 and December 6 and 7, 2019
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
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|Release Date||March 20, 2020|
Really good (chamber) music – and that applies in particular to baroque music – lends itself quite easily to instrumental arrangements. Bach was a master at it. The latter also applies to the tasteful arrangement for guitar solo by the Portuguese guitarist Sandro Rodrigues.
Although I do not always have a positive view of the most diverse arrangements, this transcription can certainly be called successful. Partly because these fantasies for viola da gamba lend themselves easily to performance on the guitar. In addition, as a performing musician, Rodrigues also leaves the musician-like character completely intact in these pieces.
In other words: thanks to this guitar playing par excellence, the original properties are preserved. But this may be partly explained by the fact that the guitar is an excellent ‘transcription instrument’ that also has strong similarities with both the lute and the vihuela. Instruments that came into vogue around the fifteenth century and played a vital role until the Baroque period.
The delicate guitar playing of Sandro Rodrigues is strikingly captured by Tom Peeters in the Koepelwerk in Renswoude.
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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