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The Great Violins, Vol. 1: Andrea Amati, 1570 - Georg Philipp Telemann: 24 Fantasies

Peter Sheppard Skaerved

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12 Fantaisies: No. 1 in B-Flat Major, TWV 40:14  
1.1
I. Largo
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
2:12
1.2
II. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:56
1.3
III. Grave
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:15
1.4
IV. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
2:15
12 Fantaisies: No. 2 in G Major, TWV 40:15  
1.5
I. Largo
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:53
1.6
II. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
2:11
1.7
III. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:52
12 Fantaisies: No. 3 in F Minor, TWV 40:16  
1.8
I. Adagio
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:53
1.9
II. Presto
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:51
1.10
III. Grave - Vivace
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:22
12 Fantaisies: No. 4 in D Major, TWV 40:17  
1.11
I. Vivace
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
2:16
1.12
II. Grave
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:46
1.13
III. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
2:19
12 Fantaisies: No. 5 in A Major, TWV 40:18  
1.14
I. Allegro - Presto - Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:28
1.15
II. Presto
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:00
1.16
III. Andante
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:45
1.17
IV. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:15
12 Fantaisies: No. 6 in E Minor, TWV 40:19  
1.18
I. Grave
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:46
1.19
II. Presto
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:44
1.20
III. Siciliana
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:58
1.21
IV. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
3:25
12 Fantaisies: No. 7 in E-Flat Major, TWV 40:20  
1.22
I. Dolce
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:33
1.23
II. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
3:15
1.24
III. Largo
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
2:12
1.25
IV. Presto
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:57
12 Fantaisies: No. 8 in E Major, TWV 40:21  
1.26
I. Piacevolmente
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:26
1.27
II. Spirituoso
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:27
1.28
III. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:59
12 Fantaisies: No. 9 in B Minor, TWV 40:22  
1.29
I. Siciliana
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:28
1.30
II. Vivace
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
2:43
1.31
III. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:43
12 Fantaisies: No. 10 in D Major, TWV 40:23  
1.32
I. Presto
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:39
1.33
II. Largo
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:37
1.34
III. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:57
12 Fantaisies: No. 11 in F Major, TWV 40:24  
1.35
I. Un poco vivace
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:53
1.36
II. Soave
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:16
1.37
II. Un poco vivace
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:49
1.38
IV. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:58
12 Fantaisies: No. 12 in A Minor, TWV 40:25  
1.39
I. Moderato
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:46
1.40
II. Vivace
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:48
1.41
III. Presto
Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:05
12 Fantaisies: No. 1 in A Major, TWV 40:2 (arr. for violin)  
2.1
I. Vivace
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:22
2.2
II. Adagio - Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:01
2.3
III. Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:01
12 Fantaisies: No. 2 in A Minor, TWV 40:3 (arr. for violin)  
2.4
I. Grave
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:44
2.5
II. Vivace
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:27
2.6
III. Adagio
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:59
2.7
IV. Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:37
12 Fantaisies: No. 3 in B Minor, TWV 40:4 (arr. for violin)  
2.8
I. Largo - Vivace - Largo - Vivace
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
2:45
2.9
II. Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:35
12 Fantaisies: No. 4 in B-Flat Major, TWV 40:5 (arr. for violin)  
2.10
I. Andante
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:17
2.11
II. Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:32
2.12
III. Presto
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:50
12 Fantaisies: No. 5 in C Major, TWV 40:6 (arr. for violin)  
2.13
I. Presto - Largo - Presto - Dolce
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:59
2.14
II. Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:37
2.15
III. Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:49
12 Fantaisies: No. 6 in D Minor, TWV 40:7 (arr. for violin)  
2.16
I. Dolce
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
2:24
2.17
II. Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:17
2.18
III. Sprituoso
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:18
12 Fantaisies: No. 7 in D Major, TWV 40:8 (arr. for violin)  
2.19
I. Alla Francese
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
4:23
2.20
II. Presto
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:48
12 Fantaisies: No. 8 in E Minor, TWV 40:9 (arr. for violin)  
2.21
I. Largo
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:44
2.22
II. Spirituoso
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:20
2.23
III. Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:20
12 Fantaisies: No. 9 in E Major, TWV 40:10 (arr. for violin)  
2.24
I. Affetuoso
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
2:29
2.25
II. Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:09
2.26
III. Grave
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:21
2.27
IV. Vivace
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:35
12 Fantaisies: No. 10 in F-Sharp Minor, TWV 40:11 (arr. for violin)  
2.28
I. A tempo giusto
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
3:41
2.29
II. Presto
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:10
2.30
III. Moderato
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:11
12 Fantaisies: No. 11 in G Major, TWV 40:12 (arr. for violin)  
2.31
I. Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:40
2.32
II. Adagio - Vivace
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:23
2.33
III. Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
1:24
12 Fantaisies: No. 12 in G Minor, TWV 40:13 (arr. for violin)  
2.34
I. Grave - Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
2:05
2.35
II. Dolce
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:37
2.36
III. Allegro
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
0:18
2.37
IV. Presto
Anonymous; Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Sheppard Skærved
2:57
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:07:02
"... (Skaerved) draws an imposing range of timbres from the Amati violin ... (his individuality) should be most welcome. Principally for the ambiance, the tonal splendour of the Amati violin and for the strong sense of purpose Skaerved displays throughout, these performances earn a warm recommendation ..."
- Fanfare

This is the first volume in an ambitious extended project to record the most famous, historic and valuable violins in the world. Some of these instruments had not even been played in centuries before being made available to acclaimed violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved. To kick off the series, he performs Telemann's 24 Fantasies on the oldest violin of them all, an Andrea Amati dating back to 1570.

"I have long wanted to record these works on gut strings and with an early bow. The opportunity to develop a relationship with this extraordinary Andrea Amati crystallized my resolve to do this. As soon as I put a bow to it, it was obvious that this was the instrument which could take me back to the Telemann set."
- Peter Sheppard Skaerved
192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Athene Studio Masters

Recorded at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Aldbury, Hertfordshire, England, on November 13 and 21, 2013
Producer: Peter Sheppard Skaerved
Sound engineering and mastering: Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds)
Booklet and packaging design: Stephen Sutton (Divine Art Recordings)
Photographs of the violin by Ian Brearey, courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music, London

Peter Sheppard Skaerved plays an Andrea Amati violin made in 1570 gut-strung, tuning A=416
Bow by Antonino Airenti

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