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Infodad.com, January 2013

A full hour of Telemann’s solo-viola music is quite something…Telemann uses all the dance forms of his time, sometimes in slow pace and sometimes in fast, and combines them with string techniques ranging from lovely legato passages to pizzicato, martellato, double stops, wide leaps, quick changes of pace and rhythm—all while taking full advantage of the viola’s tuning a fifth below that of the violin, giving this music richness and depth of sound beyond that of solo-violin music. Lermer…is a fine stylist, paying tremendous attention to details of Telemann’s poised and elegant writing and to the ornamentation that is integral to music of this time. The performances are thoroughly idiomatic throughout, and the four minor-key Fantasies…have just enough of an inward-looking feeling to balance the eight major-key ones. This CD is both a delight to hear and a fascinating exploration of solo works that…are pieces of some depth. © 2013 Infodad.com Read complete review





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