In the category World Premerie Recording of the Year

It is not a frequent occurrence that the world of music can listen to a completely new work from a high-ranking composer. Thomas Fritzsch, the untiring collector of novelties for his own instrument the bass viol, has succeeded in achieving this feat: he created a sensation with a printed version of 12 previously lost Fantasias by Georg Philipp Telemann. These works had been self-published by Telemann in 1735 in a presentation of the then contemporary status of all musical and technical possibilities of the bass viol – an instrument which around this time had already passed the zenith of its Baroque fashion hype. For this reason, this collection presents even more evidence for the self-confidence of the music entrepreneur Telemann and his competence never oriented to mere fashion. The abundance of contrapuntal and melodious highlights in this collection certainly proves Telemann’s compositional competence: Thomas Fritzsch has without doubt excavated a real gem.

T. Fritzsch bringt ein echtes Juwel ans Tageslicht.
Zur Schließung einer schwergewichtigen Repertoirelücke kann man sich kaum eine gelungenere Veröffentlichung vorstellen.
Für jeden Gambisten, Telemann-Fan und Barockfreund ist diese CD schon jetzt ein Muss.
(Rondo 4/2016)
Tracklist
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
12 Fantaisies pour la Basse de Violle, faites et dediées à M.r Pierre Chaunell, par Telemann. Hamburg, 1735
Fantasia 1 — in C minor TWV 40:26
1. Adagio / Allegro / Adagio / Allegro 3:35
2. Allegro 2:21
Fantasia 2 — in D major TWV 40:27
3. Vivace / Andante / Vivace 7:28
4. Presto 1:36
Fantasia 3 —  in E minor TWV 40:28
5. Largo 2:25
6. Presto 2:02
7. Vivace 1:31
Fantasia 4 — in F major TWV 40:29
8. Vivace 4:46
9. Grave 0:30
10. Allegro 1:31
Fantasia 5 — in B-flat major TWV 40:30
11. Allegro 2:54
12. Largo 0:50
13. Allegro 1:28
Fantasia 6 — in G major TWV 40:31
14. Scherzando 3:00
15. Dolce 3:01
16. Spirituoso 1:18
Fantasia 7 — in G minor TWV 40:32
17. Andante 4:28
18. Vivace 1:41
19. Allegro 1:47
Fantasia 8 — in A major TWV 40:33
20. Allegro 2:02
21. Grave 2:08
22. Vivace 2:15
Fantasia 9 —  in C major TWV 40:34
23. Presto 2:54
24. Grave 3:12
25. Allegro 1:51
Fantasia 10 —  in E major TWV 40:35
26. Dolce / Allegro / Dolce / Allegro 2:29
27. Siciliana 2:42
28. Scherzando 1:46
Fantasia 11 — in D minor TWV 40:36
29. Allegro 2:23
30. Grave 1:37
31. Allegro 2:17
Fantasia 12 — in E-flat major TWV 40:37
32. Andante 3:55
33. Allegro 2:20
34. Vivace 2:25
Total time: 1:24:46
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