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Two other concertos recorded by La Stagione Frankfurt reappear on Florilegium’s latest disc, released to mark the group’s 25th anniversary. There is little to choose between the rival versions of the popular A minor concerto for recorder and viola da gamba (TWV 52:a1), and the E major concerto for flute, oboe d’amore and viola d’amore (TWV 53:E1), which I praised earlier, also sounds almost as lovely here, though the opening sunrise seems a little hurried; and, while the delicacy and finesse of Florilegium’s playing imparts a light, airy feel to the music that is initially very appealing, the end result leaves this concerto perhaps a lacking a little heft. The CD’s other works include a solo flute concerto in D major (TWV 51:D2), a graceful Concerto a 4 in A minor for recorder, oboe, violin and continuo (TWV 43:a3) and, bizarrely, half of the Overture in F major (TWV 55: F16). The insert states the remaining tracks are only available on download, but neglects to say from where – and they are not included in the Amazon or iTunes download versions of the album!

A much pleasanter surprise is the inclusion of the brief Epiphany cantata, ‘Ihr Völker, hört’, sung here by mezzo Claire Wilkinson with obbligato flute by Ashley Solomon. Voice and flute complement each other beautifully in another close dialogue, though it’s the performers themselves who bring such freshness and vivacity to Telemann’s charming music.

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