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String Sextet in F minor TWV 44:32

Georg Philipp Telemann (b. 1681 - d. 1767)

Concerto Copenhagen (photo credit: Keith Saunders)

Concerto Copenhagen (photo credit: Keith Saunders)

Composer
Georg Philipp Telemann (b. 1681 - d. 1767)
Composition Year
circa 1706-11
Work Movements
1. Adagio
2. Allegro
3. Largo
4. Presto
Artists
Concerto Copenhagen (Peter Spissky, Fredrik From, Antina Hugosson [violins], Torbjörn Köhl [viola], Kate Hearne [cello], Mattias Frostenson [bass], Fredrik Bock [archlute, Guitar], Lars-Ulrik Mortensen [harpsichord, Director])

Programme Note Writer:
© Norah O' Leary

Telemann’s six sonatas for five-part strings (two violins, two violas and continuo) remain among some of the composer’s least explored chamber works and according to the composer’s 1718 autobiography “a large quantity” of sonatas “in two and three to eight and nine parts” were composed while at Eisanach. This is further confirmed in the Darmstadt sources by the 1713-14 Endler copies of TWV 44:5 and TWV 44:32. Furthermore all of the quintets feature two viola parts and methodical five-voice fugues typical of the composer’s Eisanach writings.

The figuration of TWV 44:32 is energetic and it is one of the strongest and most profoundly expressive of Telemann’s quintets along with the sextet in F minor TWV 44:32. The opening movement is one of the most exquisite of all the quintets, followed by a cheerful triple fugue, so methodical that one can sense the composer’s confidence in his fugal prowess. The ensuing Grave is a sarabande and reminiscent of the composer’s admiration of Corelli whilst the finale is another strict Germanic fugue albeit this one lighter than the first. 

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String Sextet in F minor TWV 44:32

Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann (b. 1681 - d. 1767)
Performance date: Sunday 3rd July 2016
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Georg Philipp Telemann (b. 1681 - d. 1767)
Work Title String Sextet in F minor TWV 44:32
Composition Year circa 1706-11
Work Movements 1. Adagio
2. Allegro
3. Largo
4. Presto
Artist(s) Concerto Copenhagen (Peter Spissky, Fredrik From, Antina Hugosson [violins], Torbjörn Köhl [viola], Kate Hearne [cello], Mattias Frostenson [bass], Fredrik Bock [archlute, Guitar], Lars-Ulrik Mortensen [harpsichord, Director])
Performance Date Sunday 3rd July 2016
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:06:54
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category String Sextet
Instrumentation 2vn, 2va, 2vc
Programme Note Writer © Norah O' Leary

Telemann’s six sonatas for five-part strings (two violins, two violas and continuo) remain among some of the composer’s least explored chamber works and according to the composer’s 1718 autobiography “a large quantity” of sonatas “in two and three to eight and nine parts” were composed while at Eisanach. This is further confirmed in the Darmstadt sources by the 1713-14 Endler copies of TWV 44:5 and TWV 44:32. Furthermore all of the quintets feature two viola parts and methodical five-voice fugues typical of the composer’s Eisanach writings.

The figuration of TWV 44:32 is energetic and it is one of the strongest and most profoundly expressive of Telemann’s quintets along with the sextet in F minor TWV 44:32. The opening movement is one of the most exquisite of all the quintets, followed by a cheerful triple fugue, so methodical that one can sense the composer’s confidence in his fugal prowess. The ensuing Grave is a sarabande and reminiscent of the composer’s admiration of Corelli whilst the finale is another strict Germanic fugue albeit this one lighter than the first.