Marcel Ponseele is generally considered one of the foremost Baroque oboists of his time: conductor Philippe Herreweghe has called him the finest Baroque oboist in the world. He is co-founder of the ensemble Il Gardellino with which he gives concerts and has made numerous recordings. Ponseele is also often invited to perform as a soloist to perform with world-renowned ensembles and conductors like Herreweghe and Ton Koopman which are invariably outstanding.
This set presents oboe music by Georg Philipp Telemann that Ponseele recorded for the Accent label. The collection is an interesting anthology of the chamber music repertoire which spans the period from the Kleine Cammer-music (1716) to the Essercizii Musici (1740). The evolution in style can clearly be seen between the short and simple movements of the Kleine Cammer-music and the sophisticated passages such as the long second movement of the sonata from the Tafelmusik. In the beginning Telemann sought to keep the elements of the various national styles separate, but in the later works he mixed these styles within the same movement of a sonata.
The concertos for oboe and oboe d’amore represent what could be called a counter-model to those by Vivaldi. Telemann prefers the older, four-movement sonata da chiesa form and in addition to using Vivaldi’s form of ritornello, he employs other movement models modified from the French rondeau or from dance movements.