The specialist early-music ensemble Da Camera (Emma Murphy, recorders / Susanna Pell, viols / Steven Devine, harpsichord) marks the 250th anniversary of Telemann’s death with this unique recording of original trio sonatas involving recorder and viol. These are among the greatest pieces Telemann ever composed. As he wrote in 1740: ‘how could I possibly remember everything I composed for strings and winds? I particularly devoted myself to the composing of trios… People even flattered me as having done my best work here.’ The musicians of Da Camera heartily agree.
The ingenuity and variety of music, structures, and instrumental ensemble, combined with fascinating notes by the recorder player Emma Murphy, make this album a must-have for everyone, from Telemann’s many enthusiasts to those curious about early music.
“… this is a fascinating survey of Telemann’s recorder and viol sonatas … Da Camera clearly believes fervently in this music… A brilliant, life-enhancing disc.” *****
Colin Clarke – Classical Music magazine – December 2017