Georg Philipp Telemann's extant works for wind ensemble take us into the unique region between military music, hunting music, and court music. However, these ensembles were active not only at the courts as part of the military staff but also influenced middle-class life in the towns through the garrisons stationed in them. Telemann was familiar with these ensembles both in the court and civic spheres, and about twenty works survive today in the characteristic wind instrumentation with woodwind instruments and a pair of horns, ten quintets of more than one movement, ten marches, and a wind version of the so-called Alter Overture TWV 55:F11. This CD presents five Quintets for Two Oboes (or oboi d'amore), Two Horns, and Bassoon (thoroughbass) – interpreted by the L'Orfeo Baroque Ensemble, which was established in 2009 with members from the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra in order to apply the orchestra's approach to the orchestral literature in the genuine dimensions of a chamber ensemble.
It was at Le Concert Spirituel that the Germanicstyle symphony made its appearance in Paris. This story began in the 1750s with the arrival of musicians from Mannheim, including Johann Stamitz, in the French capital. Subsequently, various composers such as the Belgian François-Joseph Gossec appeared as the creators of the earliest French symphonies before Haydn’s symphonies enjoyed a very particular success there. This set, released on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Les Agrémens, takes up most of the recordings conducted by Guy Van Waas in a repertoire bringing together composers played in Paris at the end of the 18th century (Gossec, Grétry, Haydn, Krauss), and announcing the beginnings of the Romantic symphony with two recording premieres: a symphony by Hérold and Beethoven’s Second Symphony.
Listening to her album, you'd never believe she'd leave the art form which enabled her able to create such inspired music. Van West's music is endowed with a sense of individuality and heart that will entrance listeners. Happiness to Burn is grippingly resonant and demonstrates a visionary understanding of society and music.