American Record Guide

This is music that Telemann wrote for unaccompanied instruments. The works for violin have been transcribed for viola, and the works for flute can easily be played by violin. These were obviously written either for a situation where there was only one musician available or for private enjoyment by a violinist and flutist. They are pleasing works, and I have played them, but they are best enjoyed by the player rather than by an audience. I can recommend these recordings for their historical interest: Peter Sheppard Skaerved plays on one of the oldest surviving violins, an Andrea Amati made in 1570. I can also recommend them for Skaerved’s superb, very scholarly notes on each of the fantasies.

—Joseph Magil