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Radio Antiqua is a recently formed group of young musicians which has been enthusiastically received at several major European festivals, most notably those of Ambronay in France and the Göttingen Händel-Festspiele. This new recording consists of late baroque chamber music featuring violin, recorder, bassoon, theorbo, cello and harpsichord in varying configurations. The programme makes a welcome departure from well-trodden paths so that even the seldom-recorded Telemann Trio sonata in F major for violin, bassoon and continuo breaks comparatively unfamiliar ground. Both this piece, with its ‘Soave’ middle movement in the composer’s most beguiling manner, and a similarly scored trio sonata by Telemann’s younger contemporary, Christoph Schaffrath, are skilfully constructed pieces in which both instrumental protagonists are afforded scope for eloquent dialogue.

A chamber concerto by another Telemann contemporary, Bohemian Antonín Reichenauer leads us further offthe beaten track. His Italianate chamber concerto for violin, cello and bassoon in many respects follows a Vivaldian template, though cast in the ‘da chiesa’ four-movement pattern rather than the Venetian’s preferred sequence of three. Contrast with these works and a Concerto for violin, bassoon and continuo by Florentine born, Stuttgart-based Brescianello is provided by Dresden composer Pisendel’s impressive Violin Sonata in C minor and a Suite for recorder and continuo by London-based French composer Charles Dieupart. An excellent disc, sympathetically recorded and thoughtfully documented.

Nicholas Anderson Read the full review on Agora Classica


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