Cafe Telemann

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Crítica sobre Cafe Telemann @ Valletta, Malta


RUTH VERONA, violoncello
PABLO ZAPICO, Baroque guitar
AARÒN ZAPICO, harpsichord and director

This was a delightful offering of music by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). He is one of the giants of German Baroque and VERY prolific composer. After his death he was reduced to near oblivion. It seemed that his huge opus was held against him. Fortunately for most of us, his music has made a come-back.

Among his many works there are dozens of sonatas and trio sonatas which Forma Antiqua providentially had up their sleeve, enabling them to step it the gap left by the cancellation of the scheduled concert by Les contres-sujets.

As in concert n.1, there was the same brilliance of delivery, mutual rapport and positive audience reaction.

This selection of a number of Trio sonatas and Sonatas were from works composed between c.1725-35. Telemann more than 3,000 works makes it difficult to track them down via chronology because rather than that, they are listed according genre. Whether officially meant to be called Tafelmusik (Table music or even Café music like Bach's) it is known that his music was performed in coffee houses. This is more evident when one reads the names given of some sets of Sonatas and Trio Sonatas.

The works performed sometimes involved all five musicians, sometimes less. The first was the Trio sonata TWV 42: a1 beginning with a jolly Allegro, then Largo, Vivace, Affettuoso and Allegro. The second and third works were likewise untitled. The former was from Trio sonata TWV 42: a4 and the latter from Trio Sonata TWV 41: C5.

The rest of the selection had titles to whet the appetite of the sweet toothed and provoking weight watchers. From Macarón, the cafè served the Trio sonata TWV 42: a4 with a Grave, Vivace and Minuet for flute and violin.

Next dessert, Petit-beurres came served with the Affettuoso and Presto from the Sonata TWV 41:04. The former lived up to its name judging by the tenderly soft glances flying in the air. In the latter one I do not know who was chasing whom!

The next to tempt the taste buds was the Brioche which could be plain and humble or with a lavish filling. This time the Larghetto from Sonata TWV 41: C5 was without flute and harpsichord. The brioches disappeared after the Allegro from Trio Sonata TWV 42:10.

The tantalising desserts came to an end with Mille feuilles. It was a selection of five movements. First with a long guitar intro, tempo Grave from Sonata TWV 41:a4. An Adagio was lifted from Trio Sonata TWV 42:10. For an Allegro the choice fell upon the same work which provided the initial Grave while a second Allegro was from the same work as the Adagio as was the final rousing Presto ending the concert to much warm acclaim. This of course HAD to produce an encore.

Albert George Storace



Premio Sello FestClásica (Asociación de Festivales Españoles de Música Clásica) a Forma Antiqva y su programa «Farándula castiza», 2021.
Premio GEMA (Asociación de Grupos Españoles de Música Antigua) a la «Mejor Dirección 2019» para Aarón Zapico.
Medalla de Oro del Foro Europeo Cum Laude, 2019.
Premio MIN de la Música Independiente - Mejor Álbum de Música Clásica 2019 para «Concerto Zapico Vol. 2».
NPR Music's Best Classical Albums Of 2018 para «Concerto Zapico Vol. 2».
Premio GEMA (Asociación de Grupos Españoles de Música Antigua) al «Mejor Grupo de Música Barroca y Clasicismo 2016».
Premio GEMA (Asociación de Grupos Españoles de Música Antigua) a la «Mejor Producción Discográfica 2016» por «Crudo Amor - Agostino Steffani».
Premio FestClásica (Asociación de Festivales Españoles de Música Clásica) a Forma Antiqva y su programa «Concerto Zapico», 2015.
Nominación International Classical Music Awards «Opera Zapico», 2014.
Nominación International Classical Music Awards «Concerto Zapico», 2012.
Premio AMAS de la Música en Asturias, 2012.
Premio Serondaya a la Innovación Cultural, 2012.
Nominación a los International Classical Music Awards por «Amore x Amore», 2011.
Premio «Asturiano del Mes» del periódico La Nueva España, 2011.
Premio al «Grupo del Año» de la Radio Televisión Pública de Asturias, 2010.


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