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Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Viola - Bryła

Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Viola - Bryła

Prelude Classics  PCL2300601S

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Instrumental


Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Viola solo (arr. from the first viola da gamba edition by Michał Bryła)

Michał Bryła - viola


The 250th death anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) having been celebrated five years ago, his name is still not very well established among music lovers in Poland. He was, nevertheless, one of the most eminent representatives of German music in the 1st half of the 18th century, listed with such composers, highly regarded in our country, as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel, both of whom were Telemann’s friends. In the 1st half of the 18th century Telemann enjoyed a much higher reputation than J.S. Bach and was, without a doubt, the key figure in German music life as well as an artist of international fame. This versatile artist was active in many places, including in Poland. In Żary (Germ. Sorau), Silesia, and Lesser Poland he became acquainted with Polish music, which he valued highly and drew upon in his own works.

A man of many talents, he was dedicated first and foremost to music. He left behind an enormous output, larger than those of other great and prolific composers of that era and encompassing all the genres practiced at that time. He composed for current needs, for the Church (when he held the post of cantor) and opera houses (which he directed in various periods of his life). He was a focused Kapellmeister, leader of ensembles, and himself played several instruments with much success, as when, for instance, he held the post of court composer in Eisenach, giving performances with violin virtuoso Pantaleon Hebenstreit (1667-1750), a fact that Telemann mentions in his autobiography.

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Comment by Adrian Quanjer - January 19, 2024 (1 of 2)

A number game? This one is similar to Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Viola - Bryła. There are indeed two versions: SACD and SACD Luxury Audiophile Selection. I have both of them in one digipack numbered PCL 2300601 (no 'S').

BTW, this is a new (Polish) Hi-Res label.

Addition: I asked Michal Bryla about it and this is his answer: "I don't know where the misrepresentation with the "S" came from. I haven't published a recording with that addition anywhere???? Can you point to a source or where the disc is circulating with this signature? For my part, the number deliberately generated by me is: PCL2300601 and nothing else."

Followed in a subsequent mail: " maybe this is about the Japan market... I am also in Asia since 2024. I can see online many Japanese websites where 'S' is present. Need to investigate".

Comment by EugenF - February 1, 2024 (2 of 2)

Quote from tower [dot] jp in approximate English translation:
'It will be released in two versions: the regular edition (PCL2300601) with one SACD Hybrid disc, and the deluxe edition (PCL2300601S) that includes a 24-carat "GOLD CD-R" custom made in Dubai(!) (The track list for SACD and GOLD CD-R is the same)'