For the first two thirds of the eighteenth century we can count ourselves very lucky indeed when we find a considerable part of an instrumental performance repertoire in the form of some 1,800 extant manuscript scores.
Today these materials from what is known as »Schranck II« are found in the rich music collection of the Saechsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB; Saxon State and University Library in Dresden). This treasure trove includes many an anonymous composition produced in creative ecstasy but not revealing the name of its author.
These sources were catalogued already in the eighteenth century but without the systematic principles known to us today. The famous and the nameless occur together; really poor efforts are hardly to be found but instead the very best of eighteenth-century entertaining music. The collection preserves the repertoire of the Dresden court ensemble from the early eighteenth century. One marvels at the vast numbers of priceless Dresden treasures whose composers are unknown. The Internet publication of these
works has led to the identification of many of them and their assignment to various composers, but the authorship of some works found in this collection – including the seven concertos scored for flute, violin,
violoncello, and continuo heard on the present CD – continues to be a mystery. Since good music has to be by a known author and need not necessarily remain anonymous, some ingenious researchers and musicians quickly and immediately assigned these quality works to Telemann. However, documents establishing Telemann’s authorship have not been forthcoming.
This »salon music« of the greatest elegance is enthrallingly and intensively interpreted by Les Amis de Philippe along with the conductor and keyboard specialist Ludger Rémy.