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Telemann - Fantasies For Violin Solo

Rachel Podger

George Philipp Telemann

SKU: 18298

Year of release: 2002

1. Fantasia 1 In B-Flat Major George Philipp Telemann 08:18
2. Fantasia 2 In G-Major George Philipp Telemann 04:49
3. Fantasia 3 In F-Minor George Philipp Telemann 05:26
4. Fantasia 4 In D-Major George Philipp Telemann 05:15
5. Fantasia 5 In A-Major George Philipp Telemann 05:14
6. Fantasia 6 In E-Minor George Philipp Telemann 09:02
7. Fantasia 7 In E-Flat Major George Philipp Telemann 08:46
8. Fantasia 8 In E Major George Philipp Telemann 05:50
9. Fantasia 9 In B-Minor George Philipp Telemann 06:41
10. Fantasia 10 In D-Major George Philipp Telemann 05:57
11. Fantasia 11 In F-Major George Philipp Telemann 06:16
12. Fantasia 12 In-A Minor George Philipp Telemann 04:46
Total time: 76:25

About this album

Exclusive DSD Download, Never released on SACD or as a DSD Download Rachel Podger – Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin from G.P. Telemann In November of 2001, one of my first recordings using the DSD technology was in a small unknown church – Dorset England. Rachel Podger had chosen the church as she had played a concert there as some point and thought it would be perfect for the solo Telemann Sonatas. I agreed sight unseen.The church turned out to be very small with very close side walls with no place for me to sit with my equipment. Granted it was very silent ( in the middle of fields) but I was just not happy with the acoustics so that I decided to only release this album on normal 44.1 pcm. A couple of months ago I listened to the DSD master again and have now decided to still bring this out on DSD stereo and multichannel. DSD does give the extra dimension of imagery and honesty to the sound which in the end does enlighten the music listening. Jared Sacks Johann Mattheson in Der Vollkommene Capellmeister (Hamburg 1739) says about a fantasia: “Even though they (the fantasias) all give the impression of being played ad-lib, most of them are nonetheless written down properly, however, they are so very little kept in place and order that no one could hardly find a better general term to designate them than the one describing a good idea.” Good ideas they are indeed, and plenty of them! They often occur in rapid succession, chasing each other across the page in vibrant fast movements, pausing here and there to give room for the next inspiration, or unfolding gradually and reflectively in poignant slow movements. Unconnected ideas stand next to each other, unaware of each others presence: motifs, rhythms, sequences of intervals and melodic lines change direction and character at a whim. Broken chords alternate with agitated scales and passagework, grave and solemn passages appear next to dance-like ones. The musical story throughout the movements is always clear as you become aware of Telemanns ingenious way of giving free reign to his imagination within a cohesive underlying musical structure….

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Klassieke Zaken

) Deze violiste kan ik 2002 zonder enige opsmuk de 12 Fantasien voor soloviool op de plaat zetten. (...) (...) Podger laat er geen misverstand over bestaan dat Telemann minstens zo inventief was als zijn lichtend voorbeeld J.S. Bach Parool (...) Podger speelt het allemaal met zwier en gevoel voor theater en dat is door de technici van Channel prachtig vastgelegd. (...)

Wet paint

(...) she naturally flows from one inventive musical thought to the next with never a rushed moment. (...)


(...) she dances her way easily and gracefully through the music (...) (...) clean intonation, pleasingly resonant tone and a palpable sense of natural and spontaneous enjoyment. (...)


(...) Strongly recommended.


(...) Rachel Podger zet 12 mooie miniatuurtjes neer (...)

Turoks Choice Performace/Sound

vividly played (...)

American Record Guide

(...) Podger certainly shows both the technique and the temper for these works, in carefull shaped and thoughtful performances. (...)

BBC Music Magasine

(...) Podgers tone is warm and it is a manner of sensitive declamation that I find convincing and affecting (...)


(...) Podger spielt die Barockvioline so sinnlich, so blut- und so glutvoll, wie man es sonst bei diesem Instrument nicht unbedingt gewohn ist (...)

Technical Specifications

Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
Recording LocationSt. Micahels Church, West Compton, Dorset UK
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJohnathan Freeman Attwood
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel &Kjaer
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamand series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersDCS 950 AD converter
Cablesvan der Hul