The Telemann Fantasias disc was released today and it already has a stunning review from Europadisc where it is CD of the week!
Read the full review here. Below are some choice quotes… 🙂
He coaxes an outrageously beautiful, richly sonorous tone from his instrument,
Smith’s particular talent is to allow the instrument to speak with total naturalness, keeping the music rhythmically buoyant and skilfully applying subtle rubato.
Best of all are the frequent throw-away endings, which Smith injects with a spontaneity that characterises his performances as a whole. As for the cadenza-like upward skidaddle before the closing bars of No.11’s opening Allegro– it’s positively indecent!
For anyone who knows and loves Bach’s Suites, Robert Smith’s Telemann is an absolute must: no praise could be higher. Grab a copy, and relish Telemann’s extraordinary music, brilliantly played.