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St George's
Great George Street


Georg Philipp Telemann12 Fantasies for Solo Viol


Richard Boothby – viola da gamba

Programme Note

It’s not often that 12 works previously unknown by a major composer just turn up. Yet that is precisely what has happened with these solo Fantasies by Telemann. He wrote and published sets of 12 sonatas for solo violin, flute, harpsichord and viola da gamba, issued in monthly format, as was usual at the time. Those for violin, flute and harpsichord all survive in several copies, but those for the viol were thought lost. In 2014 these extraordinarily precious works were rediscovered and tonight virtuoso viol player Richard Boothby gives one of the first performances of the complete set.

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